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…passing lane

I’ll use the often-repeated example of something that used to vex me. Cars that passed me on the highway, only to move over in front of me and resume normal speed, sometimes slowing down. Yes, this has been discussed in numerous forums and I’ll not turn it into a Seinfeldesque (yes, this is a word) diatribe.

I’ll instead offer another perspective and encapsulate it around the notion of accomplishment.

I used to get fairly angry at those people, glaring at them, showing a certain subset of my phalanges to them and mouthing obscenities. Then I started seeing a pattern, the odd look that they had on their faces – and I started to watch them.

The look reminded me of a child learning to walk or riding a bicycle for the very first time – proud, excited and accomplished. Of course, there is the occasional blank zombie stare, but again I am referring to the majority of what I have seen. So I decided that this was more about them than me – and I acquiesced. Now I watch them pass me, get over and slow down in front of my car.

When this occurs, I just look over and smile – sometimes offer a wave of encouragement. After all, who am I to push that kid off of his bike…

…make wise choices,


  1. Rolando
    March 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I share your thoughts. I will add that it is very amusing to see “speeders” pass you only to slow down ahead due to unavoidable traffic. That just makes me laugh. Check this out: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/06/new-jersey-looks-to-toughen-keep-right-law/

  2. Cymru
    March 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    To add, when you articulate your phalanges along with the anger, you need to remember you are not your emotions, especially when those people who are unaware of their actions. Yet you are left with unintentional emotional bagage…

    Thanks for sharing

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