A lot of my blog posts come from personal life lessons or thought provoking statements. They are topics that I’ve thought about for a while and decided I want to expand upon on my thoughts.
Have you ever had a day that has seemed rough? You are late to work and now everything and everyone seems to be moving to slow. Last week on my way to work, they were doing huge construction projects. The roads desperately need the work to be done. The pot holes are dangerous, there are no sidewalks and the cornfields border millimeters from the road. This project is very much merited and needed. The construction project, however, has the roads backed up for miles.
I sat in a complete dead stop for about 20 minutes while I waited (no moving at all). Of course it was extremely frustrating. I knew I was now pushing my limits to get to work on time. Not only that but my coffee stop was taken away. The drive was getting progressively worse and my mood getting increasingly more foul. I was frustrated but there was nothing I could too. There were 100 police cars in the police station across the road and many patrolling keeping the construction workers safe. I didn’t think it was in my best interest to plow through grass and cornfields to go around the construction site (all joking aside, of course I would never do that anyways).
After our direction was cleared to move my first instinct was to drive quickly to get to work. I was stressed to make it to work on time. I didn’t drive any different and drove normally. That road has multiple stop lights and every car that sped by me 20 mph faster was only stopped at the next red light. I drove normally and made it to work at 10:02. My normal day starts at 10. I made it to work safely and by 7pm, those 2 minutes were meaningless. My life, my safety and my clean driving slate was (and is) not meaningless.
That night I drove home and saw a big police commotion on the other side of the road. It looked to be a terrible accident.
The next day I decided to take a different route to work. It was longer than my normal route but less time than waiting. I easily made it in my normal time, coffee stop and all. Work was fine and I drove home again. Last Saturday evening, my side of the road was bring rerouted in a similar spot as Friday. I thought perhaps I had been mistaken and they were doing construction at that area of the road too. When I drove by the firetrucks I noticed they had the stretcher and AED out.
Another serious accident.
I made it home once again safely. I reflected on two days of driving past pretty significant accidents (both of which I later found out had deaths).
It made me really think about is it worth it? If I sped down the road trying to make those precious two minutes up would something happened? Something to myself, to someone else and something regrettable? It could have. It seems we all have busy lives to live, things to do, people to see and places to go. There are always going to be outside factors we weren’t planning for. These are the factors that it is the most important to think about how you react to them.
Life is a collection of moments. It isn’t an individual second, minute, day, week, month of year. It’s always important to look realistically at long term too.