I’ve made it to Day 6 of #NaBloPoMo and there’s so much to write about! Like this morning for instance. It’s very easy to let yourself become depressed and frustrated as you make your way to work in traffic – especially if you’re late. You tap your fingers impatiently on the steering wheel as you start and stop and start and stop, slowly inching your way forward. My car has a manual transmission so this is even more harrowing for me.
Sometimes drivers cannot make up their minds what lane they want to drive in, so they cut you off at the last minute or zigzag behind you looking for any opportunity to overtake. What do you call people like these? Oh yeah: road hogs. What do people like me suffer from when dealing with road hogs? Yeah: serious serious road rage – complete with gesticulations and a word (or two).
The interesting thing about our main highway in Barbados is that it usually doesn’t matter if you are on the left or right because (a) the lane you are not in is always the one which appears to move faster and (b) everyone tends to reach their destination at roughly the same time anyway.
This morning however I decided to adopt a different attitude. I smiled at a few people (yes, they probably thought I was crazy but who cares?), I turned up the radio extra loud, I waited to let people get ahead of me, and I kept telling myself today was going to be a great day.
It was going pretty well except for the odd stare or two when it hit me: Barbados may be flat and boring (a comment made to me by a friend living in a very mountainous neighbouring island) but even though the road I take is exactly the same every day the view is always subtly different. There might be fat puffy clouds vs. thinner wispy ones, a brilliant bright blue sky vs. a hazy grey one, lush green blades of sugar cane undulating in the wind vs. a ‘concrete jungle’ of spanking new office buildings, dry roads vs. flooded streets, pedestrians vs. animals. I was so busy feeding my own road rage I never noticed the peace all around me.
I tried to drive and take a few quick shots with my phone so you could see what I mean. Then, after settling into my work station I decided to take a few quick photos with my camera to share the view from the office balcony – because it really was a beautiful day … traffic or no traffic.
Do you agree? Are you willing to try looking at things differently when you’re stuck in traffic? The choice is yours!