Passing Lane

Why are you in a rush to get from point A to point B? Almost every day when I’m behind the wheel of my truck, I see people rushing and getting impatient about a person that isn’t going their speed, and I’ve been there before, and I can honestly say that I no longer feel that way most of the time.

As humans, we grow impatient when something isn’t going our way or if we feel like time is not on our side, we rush to get to our destination. But continuously rushing in life can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression if you’re not mindful of the act. Whether you’re running late for work or you just want to get to your location promptly sometimes turns into road rage, aggression, rude gestures, and cursing. I know the feeling of getting behind a slow driver in the passing lane, and you want nothing more than to pass and keep on trucking. But that brief moment of impatience will and can stick with a person for the remainder of the day. Have you ever had a situation like that happen and later in the day you mention it to a friend or colleague?

When I started practicing Minimalism, I soon discovered that I not only needed to stop worrying about materialistic items, but I also needed to start focusing on my surroundings and how I feel with every action. At this point, I looked at everything that I would do in a single day, and I could determine if my actions would cause negativity that day or for more extended periods of time. I’ve been an aggressive driver in the past, and I was known to fly the occasional bird from my truck window, but what did that act do?
Did flipping the bird make me feel good about myself? No, it did not, and I always felt like crap after doing something like that, because it is entirely unnecessary. Plus, I don’t like knowing I’ve been a reason for someone’s bad day and that means I was the cause of negativity just from someone making a mistake on the road. You don’t want to be the person that causes negativity in this world because that’s a one-way ticket to lousy karmaville. But don’t let the fear of gaining bad karma convince you to be a better person, but instead, treat those individuals the way you’d treat yourself. We all know the perfect driver does not exist, meaning, you have made mistakes on the road. Remember that humans make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes are dangerous but we need to train our brains to react differently. (This is no excuse for drunk drivers. That’s a whole other topic for discussion)

Tips to help with road rage:
1. Leave early for your destination so you can enjoy the drive.
2. Learn to enjoy the long ride and if you get behind a slow driver take this time as a lesson in patience.
3. Try to catch those moments when you feel angry and calm yourself down before you say or do something stupid and cynical.
4. Meditate more at home or in the office
5. Learn to relax
6. Eliminate things in your life that cause stress and push you towards being negative.

I hope this post was insightful and can help push you towards being positive.

-The Minimalist of Galveston Isle.

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