by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: January 10, 2014
In many of today’s Western countries, automobiles are a huge component of everyday life. Not for all. For most, though, the family car is the mode of transport to and from work.
During a recent drive in early January 2014, I got thinking. I was a passenger. The United Kingdom had been hit by weeks and weeks of rain and poor weather. This day was little different.
Rain. Wind. Puddles. The rain made the windshield speckled with large clear drops wiped away by the windshields. Out of the reach of the windshields, each drop of rain made a river running up the windshield.
Many may describe such a day and drive as dreary. Grey. Gloomy. Some may be a bit bored.
As I sat and watched the landscape go by I began remembering something an old mentor had always preached. Process versus result. Instead of complaining in my mind, when will we get there (the result), I started thinking about the process (the drive in and of itself and the things surrounding me). It changed the drive.
I began to notice the other autos. Not this slow car is in my way. A little larger than just self-centred thought. A drive has similar components to life.
There are cars driving very quickly. Other cars drive a little bit slower and take a little bit longer to get there. There are small cars and big cars. New and old. Red, blue, white, black, grey. Some have accessories (a roof rack or bikes on the back). Others are more simple (just the car). Some have old tires but the newest stereo inside, and vice versa. Others are sporty, some were classics. Moms driving their soccer vans.
I began noticing the cars going the other way. You may drive next to a car for a few minutes then it or you will pull off the road. Like friends and people in your life. You may share a similar path for a long time or a short time. You may both be headed in the same direction for a bit, or for longer.
Some people just departed your destination and are headed to your point of departure. For you, this is vice versa.
For the sake of all, re-look at your perspective of a dark and ‘boring’ drive.
A Call to Action
I think we must be reminded of the journey we each travel and the road we share with others. Sometimes we may judge a car flying past us as a speed demon. Little do we know, they could have a wife in labour in the back seat or be late for the child’s first dance recital. We simply do not know.
Based on your interest in this blog post, I recommend going for a simple drive.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.