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This is a blog that attempts to deliver positivity through (hopefully humorous) illustrated tips, stories and cakes. Mostly I am writing advice to myself because I'm really good at being not positive. Hopefully this will inspire me to choose to have more good days than crappy ones. Perhaps it will help you too.

Also, there are no goldfish in this blog.

 

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Monday
Sep262011

Frustration While Driving

Road rage, it can turn even the most gentle soul into a hate-filled asshole.

I don't know what it is about driving that makes negativity so instantaneous and consuming. I'm pretty sure it's not good to dwell on it for too long though.

Here are a couple of ways to prevent getting upset over upsetting driving situations.

 

How to handle slow drivers

 

When you're late for something, universal laws dictate that everyone around you must drive twenty miles below the speed limit.

 

 

Rather than directing all of your energy into wishing disease and pestilence upon slow drivers, give them a good excuse for their cautious pace.

Maybe they're trying to save gas. Maybe they're en route to something they're scared of. Maybe they're transporting something fragile, like a ten-tier wedding cake.

 

 

More than likely, these slow drivers are significantly older than you.

 

 

If this driver is indeed older, and they're not driving dangerously slow, cut them some slack! You experience time differently the older you get.

What may seem like a slow crawl to you,

 

 

could be warp speed to them.

 

 

 

Try to be understanding, let go of frustration, and just find a way to safely pass them. Someday you'll be in their shoes.

 

How to handle fast drivers

 

Sometimes you will encounter drivers who are in a hurry and are jerks about it.

Maybe they're tailgating you in the slow lane.

 

 

Maybe they're wildly gesticulating and honking at you when the light turns green and it takes you a quarter of a second to hit the accelerator.

 

 

Don't box them in or allow them to rear-end you so you can teach them a valuable lesson on the three-second distance rule. Instead do the same that you would for slow drivers: give them a good reason for their actions.

Sure you could imagine they're late for the job interview of their dreams or that they're transporting a pregnant woman who is crowning, but there really is only one excuse I can give these drivers that satisfies me.

I imagine these people are just minutes away from an explosive bout of diarrhea.

 

 

When I imagine that an overly aggressive driver is about to have pant legs filled with their own soupy shame, my anger immediately turns to gleeful pity and it's so much easier for me to allow them to pass and be on their merry way.

I know it's best to behold everyone from a place of unconditional love, but this is the best I can do in these situations.

 

Notice all the pleasant drivers.

 

Believe it or not, the majority of drivers on the road are capable and courteous.

 

 

Take note every time someone let's you merge, every time they put on their blinkers, every time they stop for pedestrians, etc.

The more you focus your energy on all the good drivers out there, the more you invite further pleasant driving experiences in to your life.

Happy driving!

 

 

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