As I was coming back from the gym early this morning, I couldn’t help but notice how much of a hurry most of the drivers seemed to be.
It wasn’t quite 6:30, and I was driving down Lancaster Ave. where the speed limit is only 25 mph (which nobody adheres to).
Following my driving speed rule of X plus 7, I was going about 32 mph, but it felt like I was going about 5 mph. Cars were whizzing past me, with a few of them weaving in and out lanes in order to pass other drivers.
The first thought that came to me was, ‘It’s not even 6:30 in the morning yet, and this person is probably stressed out already’. I then tried to imagine what the rest of his or her day was going to be like, and I couldn’t imagine that it was going to be a good day. I also felt a little bad for these drivers, since I am sure that it is not a pleasant way to start your day.
At the same time, however, I’ve always felt that the solution to not being rushed while you are driving is a simple one; just leave early enough so that you don’t have to go 30 miles over the speed limit. I realize that things come up during the day that throw us off schedule and you may feel the need to rush to get somewhere. But given that it was so early in the morning, and that there were so many people driving like maniacs, I don’t think that was the reason for their behavior. What could throw off the schedule of so many people so early in the morning, other than getting a late start?
As I thought about this during the day, it made me grateful for my job. I am lucky enough to live less than a mile away from campus, and traffic is rarely an issue (there’s only one traffic light to deal with). I also would not consider my job overly stressful (most of the time), and for that I am fortunate as well.
And as I was getting ready to write this blog, the other thought that came to me were the opening lines and closing to Simon and Garfunkel’s classic 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).
Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.
So my wish for all those early drivers is that they are able to slow down and enjoy the morning, and life.
*Photo is of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City, often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge.