Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Driving Lesson

There's a joke that in Minnesota there are two seasons: Winter and Road Construction. However, living in rural northern Minnesota with not very many roads means we don't usually experience the latter season, but this year was an exception. 

The road in front of my parents house, which is also the road I take to work, has been in disrepair for some time and this was finally the year to give it a makeover. Little did I know that this would lead to a makeover for me, as well. 

See, the speed limit in the construction zone was reduced from 55 to 40 (which is a significant difference when you've been used to cruising on that road your whole driving life). And construction went on for a couple weeks and I and the locals continued to drive at our accustomed speed. Then, one ordinary October day, enforcements were brought in to be sure we were aware of the temporary speed change.

It was Monday and I had been at the office by myself all day. So of course I was excited to see the clock hit 5:00 and anxiously locked up and left. I got in my car, turned on the radio, and was singing along to one of my favorite songs, when up ahead I saw a state patrol vehicle. I looked down at my speedometer and my heart sank to my toes. I'm dead. 

And this girl got her first speeding ticket.

So now I drive 40. And I've learned that driving a little faster doesn't always mean I'll get to my destination any quicker. Plus, if I drive slow I have more time to notice and enjoy the scenery around me.

It's the same way in life. If we rush through it, busy hopping from one thing to the next, we don't get a chance to enjoy the things that are right in front of us.
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