I was driving along, all stressed up as usual the other day, and read a bumper sticker on the car in front of me. Well, not a bumper sticker, but one of those metal frames that go around the license plate; I’m just not sure what they’re called. Anyway, it said, “Get a grip: It’s only a lane change.”
Those words totally struck me.
I’ve been all worried about everything lately. Worried about getting healthy, looking for a new house, am I doing a good job with my kids, does my writing suck, am I getting the hang of the new office at work, do I keep my socks in the best spot, and so on ad nauseam.
What this license plate frame seemed to be saying to me was: Don’t freak out about the big picture right now. Just get in the right lane. Simple. Do the simple, small things you know you need to do. That will take you where you need to go.
I started thinking about how the lane your in can take you someplace completely different than the lane right next to you, over a long enough distance. Roads are crazy things some times. It isn’t always intuitive what lane will take you where you want to go. Some exits go one way, and others loop back on themselves to take you a different way. It may feel like you’re headed in the wrong direction for your finial destination, but if you’re in the right lane, you’ll get turned and twisted around until you make it there in the end. To get where you want to go, you don’t always have to make radical changes. Just make a lane change. Then keep going.
After I had all these deep thoughts, with “Life is a Highway” type metaphors running around in my head, one little part of may brain suggested that maybe it was only a snarky comment aimed at pushy drivers. I refuse to accept that though. It calmed me down so much, and made all my neurotic stresses feel suddenly so manageable. I have decided it was a very deep message only disguised as snark.
Isn’t it cool when you stumble on something like that?