Getting onto the highway requires negotiating an older-style cloverleaf interchange.
Tight curves don’t allow for picking up speed and merging quickly into 110km/hr traffic.
That’s compounded by a very short overlap section for cars interweaving as they enter and leave the highway.
I’ve seen drivers do some pretty crazy things and many close calls.
Mostly from being focused in their own little world.
Rounding the cloverleaf yesterday, the usual scanning for and gauging approaching vehicles began.
Oh good. One car followed by a semi-trailer.
Oh crap. They’re in MY merge lane.
And NOBODY is in the left hand lane beside them.
They are NOT moving over at all.
If they’re paying attention, there’s no way they can miss me.
Alone in the car, Inner Voice glommed onto the freedom to rant on out loud.
“Move over! Come on, change lanes. Gimme a break!”
“There’s nobody beside you. MOVE OVER!”
With the freaky how-does-the-brain-process-all-this-so-fast calculations giving a thumbs up, I went for it.
After merging onto the highway and accelerating quickly up to speed, I glanced in the rear view mirror.
The car – still well behind me – changed lanes.
Guess he couldn’t miss me now.
Then an image from the morning flashed to mind.
On the way to pick up groceries, I made my way through a quiet downtown.
A block ahead to my right, a woman on the sidewalk was the lone pedestrian.
Even driving at low speed I was catching up.
Without as much as a quick glance over her shoulder, she turned onto the road.
Across the street she continued in front of me and onto the other side without a clue I was there.
As the image replay faded, a surprising thought took its place.
This must be what change feels like.
Right smack dab there in plain sight.
Ready and (not always) patiently waiting to be seen if only they would pay attention.
Except they’re so caught up in their own world and thoughts they become blind to what’s appearing around them.
I laughed out loud.
Yeah, that really kinda sorta is true.
And been as guilty as the next person at times for having blinkers on.
Now that was interesting.
Seeing change from the other side.
Being part of the everything that is going on all the time without being noticed.
Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.
Have you ever been part of change that no one else seems to be paying attention to?
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