Driving after dark is something I’m not particularly fond of.
Deer, moose, coyotes, other critters and the rare escaped bovine are just that much harder to see.
Sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially at this time of winter when the skies darken shortly after 5:00pm.
After running errands in town Friday, I figured there was enough time for a quick side trip to drop something off on the way home.
Unloading didn’t take long, but the yakking to catch up afterwards lasted another half hour.
Finally heading for home, the sky was now filled with the muted light of post sunset.
Darkness was going to fall at some point on the way.
On the upside, the highway wasn’t totally unfamiliar.
Over the past several months I’d driven this route a number of times during the day.
On the downside, there were two lengthy sections of curves I had yet to navigate in the dark.
I can do this.
A welcome the weekend glass of wine awaits my return.
The ride home was mostly uneventful.
Grumbled at the oncoming drivers who didn’t turn off their high beams.
Jumped slightly coming upon a steep hill spotted with what turned out to be black cattle.
Puzzled over a concentration of lights in the distance where there was no town.
Then nearly missed a curve trying to reconcile I could be this far away yet the village’s streetlights could be so close straight ahead.
With eyes clearly focused on the road ahead, analogies for life from this short half hour trip began popping to mind.
11 Night Driving Lessons To Live By
Light shining in light is more difficult to detect. Being in the midst of darkness allows you to see Light you might not otherwise.
The corollary then is tunnels should be dark to make the light at the end easier to see.
Even when the end appears to be within reach a short distance away, the road from here to there can be filled with ups and downs and a few curves.
Getting caught up in being at the end before you’re there can cause you to miss what’s appearing now, and key cues at that.
Going too fast and over-driving what you can see means perpetually being uncomfortable trying to control unknowns. Slowing down to better manage current conditions can be a very good thing.
Keep focusing on what’s in front of you with a destination in mind and you’ll get there.
Being caught up in the bright lights of others isn’t always best for us, especially when they’re traveling in a different direction.
Traveling with others all heading the same direction makes the road ahead easier to see.
For as much as you can see a lot more with high beams, you still can’t see everything. There will always be unknowns to deal with in getting where you want to go.
Driving in full light and total darkness are different experiences. The road, however, remains the same. Being able to see clearly doesn’t means the road will have less curves or ups and downs.
The more you keep going despite the darkness, the more comfortable and adept you become at not being able to see everything.
Have any of your driving experiences highlighted a Life lesson to live by?
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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.