Road Rage Optional

True Life: I Have Road Rage.

Or so I have been told. By friends. My mom. My boyfriend. An acquaintance who said, hey, you flicked my dad off the other day. 

As though there aren’t enough news reports that suggest I could be slapped in the face for this, or worse, use your imagination, it rhymes with smilled. I know this is something that I have to manage- but it’s hard!

As I walked out of work I called my mom to play catch up on my the drive home. I find the ride home easier when I’m distracted by a phone buddy, especially when it’s my mom. Soon into our conversation we were disconnected. Fate? Intentional? I tried to call her back but it wouldn’t go through, it seemed as though my practice in avoidance wasn’t going to work tonight. I decided then and there that I was going to make it home, all twenty+ minutes without my phone. I practiced some yoga breathing and felt determined to make it home without any episodes. As I typed that sentence I recognized immediately how crazy I sound. 

I drove slowly. I did not get irritated at the old man who almost plowed into me. I slowed down for the yellow light. I cut no one off. I did not flick off a single acquaintances father.

And I’m all about giving credit where credit is due. I can honestly say that running and yoga are good for so much more than a cute tush. This less stressed, less crazy me can completely be attributed to pounding the pavement. Any excess energy I have can only be exhausted on the mat or a treadmill. Ain’t nobody got time for road rage. So, thank you running for making me less crazy and less likely to be smacked at a red light.

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11 thoughts on “Road Rage Optional

  1. Congrats on being featured on Suzie81’s blog!! That’s so cool =)
    Anyways, road rage sucks cause “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” There have been times I wanted to flick people off but since I live in FL where people are all about their gun rights, I’m afraid some psycho with a gun in his glove compartment might shoot me! (It has been reported for things like this to happen) I just “wooooo-shaaaa” and breathe deeply. I’m glad to hear you made it okay and that you implement yoga breathing when you’re driving! Another plus for doing yoga!! ❤ ❤
    Love ya, girl, stay calm =)

    • I know! I love Suzie, she’s fantastic 🙂
      about the road rage, even in NY I’m fearful someone could have a gun, but I have to agree that Florida may be a little more prone to that. And definitely deep breathing is a must around here- and also Florida. Driving in Florida may be up there in the worst places to drive.

      • Yes, you just never know since they are lots of crazies out there! :/ Anywho, I hope you had a great day, hun! =)

  2. I’m a road rager too, and I’m for flicking off people. Don’t feel bad, you did better than I would have. I’m unfortunately a smoker, but it does help in those cases I want to cuss someone out. However, it’s rare and far between that I can smoke in the car because my kids are 9 times out of 10 with me so I have to pull over into a parking lot of some sort. My kids love those moments because it’s usually a mcdonalds, and they end up getting happy meals.

    • I would be chain smoking while driving if I was a smoker… It’s a good thing I’m not one. I feel like I always need to keep myself distracted while I’m driving or I can be a nightmare. I’m playing with the mirror, flipping through station, applying lipgloss, making phone calls. I’m the worst.

      • Yeah, I’m a chain smoker too but I have kiddos, so I have to control my chain smoking. I limit myself to smoking cigarettes outside of my car while I watch them eat happy meals…

        I’m a big station flipper when I’m angry, and then I get angry at the radio stations for not playing the songs I want to hear…

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