What’s the Rush?

A couple of months ago I got a speeding ticket, ugh.  I have to say it’s only my second one, ever!  Both tickets I’ve received during my driving career have been on a Sunday, and one was on an Easter Sunday of all things!  I mean come on, does the Sabbath mean anything to police officers?  And we’re talking early in the morning on a Sunday in both instances!  Isn’t Krispy Kreme open early on Sundays?  Okay, that was a cheap stereotypical shot, sorry.

As part of my penance, I had to go to a driving class for 4 hours, again, ugh.  But I have to say, it wasn’t that bad and I actually learned a lot, plus I got to freshen up on my driving knowledge and bond with some folks, okay, not so much with the bonding.  The funny part was, the class was taught by a friend of mine and that did make it more enjoyable, or maybe I should say, less painful.

At any rate, the point of all of this is I came away with a new perspective on driving that I had never really thought about.  It has to do with the word “limit” in a Speed Limit sign.  It’s been there all along, but I’ve always viewed the miles per hour on a Speed Limit sign as, “Okay, this is how fast I need to be driving.”  Never really giving much thought to the fact that I really don’t have to drive as fast as the sign indicates, I would go on my merry way often times, you guessed it, speeding.  So, I know you’re thinking, duh, and besides, who even goes the Speed Limit, besides Mopeds and grandmother’s?  (No offense to either category of drivers)

Well, call it my guilt for getting a ticket, but I started thinking, what’s all the rush anyway? Do we really gain that much by not obeying the posted Speed Limit?  Maybe a minute or two, or maybe even only seconds.  Plus, our stress goes up because we’re frustrated with other drivers or traffic patterns.  And I’ve also discovered that if you slow down and do the Speed Limit, or maybe under, you see SO much you’ve missed along your way!  You also find yourself being more courteous to other drivers.

I’ve actually found myself more at ease, more focused and definitely less stressed by slowing down.  Plus, it’s fun to aggravate other drivers by NOT going fast!  So, what’s the rush?  I’m really not sure.

Try taking your time to your destination, you might find that there really are no limits to the good that comes your way!

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