Changing Lanes

roadtripA long road trip consists of many lane changes, and for various reasons.

Road construction may cause you to move into a lane that was designated just for that time and purpose. With slow and cautious driving, you maneuver your way through the construction zone making odd turns to the left and right as you pass by various workers along the way. The slower speed may be frustrating, but you understand that the construction is needful.

A few hours later, you move into the left lane as you approach an officer who has pulled someone over. Whether the person was stopped for speeding or a headlight was out, their trip is now stalled because of it. You pass by them in the left lane not only because it’s the law, but also because you have places to go and don’t want to be stalled along with them.

Later on down the road, you find yourself still in the left lane. The traffic is moving too fast and it begins to make you uneasy and fearful of losing control. Over time, it becomes too overwhelming and you crave the calmness of the slow lane. The right lane is less hectic and more calming. The comforting feeling of that lane welcomes you as you ease over into it.

After a few hundred miles, the slow lane begins to get boring. You’re tired of driving behind other cars because they’re preventing you from seeing the open road ahead. No longer do you want the fear of the fast lane to hold you back. You’re craving adventure and you’re ready to take risks. Most of all, you realize that soon the road trip will come to an end and you want to make the most of it. With that thought, you hop over to the fast lane and speed off. The open road is now before you.

Our life is a journey full of lane changes.

You never know what’s around the next curve. Throughout various times in your life you will be reconstructed, as you face obstacles and go through periods of self reflection. All of this is necessary for improvement, growth and learning.

Sometimes you may have to go around people who are placing road blocks in your way. They hold you back from reaching your dreams and following after your goals. Instead of encouraging you, they put you down. To move forward, you will have to go around them.

At other times when life gets too overwhelming, you might need to slow down for a while and ride it out. Or maybe you find that you’re content in life, having all that you need and want. There’s no reason to rush anymore. You’re comfortable.

At some point, you may come to the realization of how short life truly is. As you examine your life, you find that you haven’t done all the things you wanted to do. You haven’t reached your goals or gone on the adventures you had always dreamed of. You know that the only thing standing in your way is you. So you jump out of your comfort zone in an effort to make the most of your remaining years, for both you and all those around you.

As you go along this journey called life, you will experience many lane changes. Some can’t be avoided and others are a choice, but either way you can be certain that they each have a purpose.

Most importantly, remember that your road trip will come to an end, so take pleasure in it and make each moment count.

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19 Responses to Changing Lanes

  1. A great and very true post. It is important to remember to live, while we can πŸ™‚

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  2. Make each moment count! That is a great lesson that we should keep in mind at each and every curve in the road!

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  3. DailyMusings says:

    great post! πŸ™‚

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  4. suzjones says:

    I loved your analogy (although downunder the left lane is the slow lane πŸ˜‰ ).

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  5. Hey, we focused on similar topics this week! Love your insight.

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  6. What a wonderful reminder, and illustration, of what we need to pay attention to.

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  7. That’s why I appreciate being the driver… in control of my own destiny, choosing which direction to go, and deciding when to stop.

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  8. April says:

    I like this post! Life is short, and full of many changes. I like to think I’m stepping outside the comfort, but I think I’ll stick to the middle lane for right now.

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  9. Jenni says:

    I really enjoyed the analogy here regarding roadblocks and changing lanes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about lifes long road trip. πŸ™‚

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