I was out on a long drive today, a long list of to do items in my head and my favorite music on the air. I was in no hurry to get anywhere fast and was thoroughly enjoying the drive in the light traffic and the warm sun.
Suddenly a large white van started honking from behind trying to find a way to get ahead. I was myself stuck in between some cars and had no option but to continue driving where I was. I tried to ignore the honking, but it got to me in some time. As he literally pushed some cars out of the way and cursed loudly at some others, I started feeling the blood rising in my head. I too started speeding trying to make sure he realized something… (looking back, I can’t even recollect what I was trying to make him realize).
Anyhow, after 2 mins of racing between cars and feeling the adrenal rushing, I suddenly realized I had lost all of the following – the song that was playing, the warm sunny afternoon and the happy mood that I was in. It then struck me, that I was being extremely foolish to get caught up in a speed chase, when I had nothing to gain at the end of it, but a lot of things that I could lose.
As I slowed down, I realized life was also pretty much like driving a car. Even though we might not be in a rush to get anywhere fast, the entire traffic around us, forces us to pick up speed, run and push each other along the way. I wondered, what was the point of rushing through life, when in the process we lose the happiness of the journey itself? The end goal might be glittering in diamonds but it can never be more precious than the entire journey that brought us to it. What I learnt today – Drive slow, drive safe and remember to enjoy the journey!