Traffic Jams and Detours
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I tend to take a philosophical spiritual viewpoint to events in my life at times. Yesterday was no different.
Despite not getting my much needed sleep, I managed to get out the door to work early. I saw a digital billboard saying there were delays at two particular exits on my route, but I figured it was just the multiple construction projects going on. I should have found an alternate route as soon as I saw that. When I got to the traffic jam prior to the mentioned exits, it was as though traffic had stood still. I went a mile in about 45 minutes. Then I got off the exit for the detour figuring things should run smoothly. Not. I got about 4 miles closer to work by the time two hours had gone by. Note, my normal commute is 25 miles, about half an hour. By that time, my back was screaming at me, and so wasn't my bladder, and my near empty gas tank. I needed to empty my bladder, and fill my gas tank. I had been in touch with my boss via text message since I first saw there was a delay. I was grateful my husband had repaired the air conditioning last month or I would be a casserole by now. By the time 10 a.m. rolled around, I decided I would just turn around and go home. I had no idea what the return trip would be like if I trudged the next hour waiting to get to work. My boss understood. First, I found a gas station. It was actually full serve, and while my gas was being pumped, I found the ladies' room. Next, I plugged in the GPS asking for non-highway route back home, having no idea how long or how far it would be via back roads. I backtracked a little, then crossed the traffic and down a winding country road. In fact, I thought I had stepped back in time as there were little farms with antique implements in use on the farms. I went down winding roads lined with forests, sparse housing, lakes, meadows. The A.C. worked better now that the vehicle was moving, and there was acoustic indie music on the station I listened to on the radio. I began to relax and enjoy my ride home. For many miles I was the only one on the road in either direction! I needed that.
A moment to relax at the most unexpected turn of events.
I needed that.
Last night that moment came when I listened to some similar music on my i-pod before sleep.
I needed that.
Next stop... the ocean? My ultimate place of relaxation, except it is just too too hot.