While driving into Raleigh this morning I kept running into backed up traffic. I make the trip enough to know when the windows of time are in which—if I catch’em just right—I miss the backups.
This morning, though, there were a couple of places where traffic backed up and when I finally discovered the source it was—you guessed it—drive-by voyeurs slowing down to see some little bump-up pulled over on the side of the road.
I never understand the reason for slowing down. The bumpees are pulled far enough off the road that they couldn’t fall into traffic’s path if you catapulted them out of the back of a pickup. The cop dealing with the accident isn’t going to jump in his car and pull someone over for passing the accident a little slower than the speed limit. Yeah, it might be someone you know, but if they are really important in your life someone will call and tell you. And no, you probably can’t help, especially if the bumpees are standing off to the side calling their insurance companies on their cell phones.
If you think about it, we all do this in life in a variety of ways that slow us down and keep us from living the life we have the potential to live. Reality television, silly arguments, bad habits, all sorts of things take our eyes and lives off the path to fulfillment.
I had this talk with a friend a few years ago and he said, “Hey man, it’s like John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.’”
That may be true, but I wish our fellow drivers would plan on keeping moving.