Photo By Drea Torres – Purely Gypsy Photography
There’s a common emotion we all experience when we are stuck in traffic. You know, that burning happiness and excitement of being behind the wheel?
How about the actual feeling of deep annoyance we experience at the consistent start and stop of cars. The stress we endure when we are running a little late, (if you’re like me that happens occasionally). We find ourselves bumper to bumper with total strangers.
There is so much noise around us, and every vehicle has its own path and agenda.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear even a mumbling of the word traffic I automatically associate stress with it. Today while I was driving to work (in traffic) I wondered.. why is that? Traffic is a part of life I’ve experienced every day, yet every single time I’m in traffic I get overwhelmed.
Why does this stress us all out so much?
We are forced to be patient. We are at a stand-still, and there’s not much we can do about it. In those moments, we are focused on reaching our destination, and we want nothing more than to get there. Steering wheels start swerving, cars pass in and out of lanes, and drivers blast the radio. We are all distracting ourselves from the journey.
Sometimes, I think we all have a tendency to do that in our day-to-day experiences. Traffic is just one example of this.
I’m pointing this out because like traffic, life is noisy, and we always have a different destination in mind. Imagine how our perspectives will mold if we treat each day as if we are constantly in traffic. Imagine our mindsets if we are always in a hurry, only worried about the destination and our own agendas?
I came to the realization that I don’t want to live my life only for the destination, even if I am running a little late. We should all live our lives embracing the noise. We should start enjoying the path to each destination. We should start helping others around us rather than driving on auto-pilot with our own agendas.
It’s not always going to be possible, but just like rush hour life is every day, and it’s something that should be intentional and purposeful despite the craziness of the world around you.