When I drive my car and I look out on the road, I tend not to focus all of my attention solely on what’s ahead of me (Don’t worry, I’m not looking at my phone and texting while I drive). What I mean is that I like to look around at the other cars and the people driving them. Why? Because what happens on the highways and roads is a perfect gauge of what’s happening elsewhere.
There are all sorts of different kinds of drivers. Some people drive way too slow and some drive way too fast. There’s the occasional accident that delays everyone else but most of the time traffic keeps moving.
When you start to look at the road as a metaphor for the world and a real good indicator of what's happening in it, things start to make more sense when you leave your car. People tend to act like they drive.
People operate in real life at various speeds, just like when they drive their cars. Some are reckless and some are overly cautious but everyone is trying to arrive somewhere.
When we’re driving down the road there are often sharp curves that make us want to slow down. Some are so bad people won’t drive on them, but if you remember what you were taught back in driving school you’ll be okay — accelerate into turns.
Life is going to throw lemons at you so you can pucker your face and complain about that sour taste or you can head into a situation determined to make lemonade out of it. On another note, you wouldn’t want an always predictable road that just went straight the entire time anyway, because it’s the turns and the curves that take you to interesting places and make things interesting.
At first, things often look intimidating and scary because they are new. But if you toss away your fear and embrace what’s in front of you wholeheartedly with full confront, you will win every time.
Next time you’re on the road (without taking your eyes too much off of it) observe the way other drivers choose to tackle the road. Notice the speed demons that put everyone around them in danger, the ridiculously slow ones that make people honk their horns out of frustration and the ones that try to maintain the speeding limit at all times.
Be willing to drive on any road and when life throws you a curve, accelerate into it. That’s how you stay the course and reach your destination. You gotta be quick and move fast and be a little fearless. Don’t let life’s traffic ever bring you to a grinding halt. It’s perfectly okay to go over above the speed limits, especially when the road throws you a curve.
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I'm David Carus. From overcoming one of the most dangerous cities in the country and graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in America to leading an educational movement as a teacher and running for Congress at the age of 25, I decided the best hope our world has is through art.