“Something’s got me reeling, Stopped me from believing, Turn me around again, Said that we can do it, You know I wanna do it again.”
-Sugar Ray, “Every Morning”
It was a boring week to say the least. I would talk about Russia and the Ukraine situation, and what the United States is doing about it, but I really haven’t paid much attention to the crisis. Let’s focus on something that affects our lives for five days (for most people) instead of the possible American economy crash that depends on the outcome of feuding Northeastern European nations. Maybe if we started purchasing American-made products that statement wouldn’t have been a minor jab in a blog post.
The thing that happens five days a week for the majority of us is the morning commute. Since this is a boring week (you already said that), I have decided to advertise my book, “Driving: Road Rants with No Raves”. I mentioned in a past post that 90% of Americans commute to work via their own vehicle (owned, leased, borrowed, rented, or stolen; it’s still 90%).
See, I told you I did. “Driving: Road Rants with No Raves” is intended to offer the comforting reassurance that other drivers experience the same stresses as the next motorist. We’re all in this together, and more and more people are hitting the road.
The morning commute is becoming hectic to say the least; orange barrels, more drivers because the days are becoming longer, parents rushing to get their kids to school without paying attention to safety protocol because they are also running late for work, the makeup-appliers, the burrito-eaters, the Irish coffee-drinkers, and the on-edge motorists ready to purposely cause a pile-up just to end it all, but not before taking as many people with them.
And of course cell phones…
The technological trend is becoming too much of an addiction. Every morning someone is texting or talking on their phone; actually not just someone, but a majority of the people. Maybe if everyone is doing the same thing then it’s safer? Of course that makes sense; the lack of awareness has always been proven an efficient way to travel. It’s only led to approximately 6 million accidents a year; not too bad considering 160 million people drive cars. That’s like every 26th person; big whoop.
However, the mobile epidemic has a broader affect than just the lack of awareness on the road. It’s affecting personalities and real communication; a dependence on technology. Remember when people just knew where they were going without the assistance of a GPS? The world didn’t have those at one time you know. People still arrived where they wanted to arrive, and punctually. Remember when you would have to call your friends from a land line and hope you all met at the same place at the same time, and if one didn’t show they wouldn’t partake in the event? Everyone still got there miraculously. Now, people get lost and are late or not even in attendance most of the time. People are relying on the comfort of something that isn’t real essentially; kind of like that movie I didn’t see or don’t really know anything about.
I’m not the only one that thinks so…
It’s all very true, but it’s also because we are bored. Sitting around is being human, but so is boredom. There’s something about the morning commute that merits distractions, but staying focused at the same time (that doesn’t make sense). If the radio isn’t playing what you want to hear, if the MC’s are talking about something you don’t agree with, if the drivers aren’t moving with the flow of traffic or at your pace, and of course if you’re running out of time then it’s going to be a more frustrating drive. What’s better than picking up your phone and playing a song you want to hear, or talking to someone that you know will agree with you, or playing a game that moves at the speed of your mind and you’re good at it so victory is consistent and satisfying?
I’m big on the essence of time because I’m scheduled, not so much because I want to be, but because I have to be, so every minute plays an important role in my life. The amount of time it takes to wash my dishes in the morning, brush my teeth, make my bed, and stumble around matters.
House to gym (6:22 am): 10 minutes 34 seconds
Gym to work (8:11 am): 14 minutes 6 seconds
Work to guitar lesson (6:00 pm): 36 minutes 23 seconds
Guitar lesson to home (7:37 pm): 15 minutes 54 seconds
What did we learn? Absolutely nothing except that you start over again the next day. It’s necessary insanity, and that’s what you’ll get while reading “Driving: Road Rants with No Raves”.
The simple daily activities we all go through make us human; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either. Yes, it’s boring, yes, it’s mundane, but we do these things to eventually do other things (stay with me). We must move with the flow of traffic no matter what the speed in order to stabilize our mind, and that goes for life as well. Remember, we don’t always drive to our required destinations; we drive to new experiences, to meet new people, and to make that first leg in the direction of new places. For example: driving to the airport to get on a plane to fly to Russia or the Ukraine. Let’s give that one some time.