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Gridlock. Laugh or cry?


Since I've left the 9-5 life, I've also left behind the commute that inevitably goes hand in hand with it. But really, I've always hated the idea of a commute so I always sought out jobs that were relatively close to my house. Yep, I'm lazy like that... So, in the last few weeks when I've had to drive from Raleigh to (gasp!) Durham, I've found myself in the gridlock that is I-40. I know, I know, we don’t have DC or LA or Atlanta-style traffic probs, but the Raleigh that was, is no longer. We have traffic. UGH! As someone who does not endure this on the regular, I find myself literally laughing out loud at the behavior I see on the roads, especially in bumper to bumper traffic. It's no surprise that everyone is in a hurry, everyone is quick to cut others off only to slam on the brakes. How have we become so comfortable in our self-centeredness? Why are we in such a hurry all the time?? Why are we looking at our phones, eating our meals, putting on makeup, shaving, watching movies, and other ridiculously questionable behavior while we drive from here to there? Do we really need to multitask like this, all while we cut off each other, flip the bird, ride people’s tail until they move out of the way? It’s sad. We’re better than that. Next time you find yourself on the road, stuck in gridlock, why not put some kindness out there and let people in. You may just end up with a smile on your face.

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