June 1st: Slow Down and Breathe
I witnessed two incidents in the past week that left me feeling sad, concerned and frustrated.
Firstly, I was in the seven story parking garage attached to a medical office building and hospital looking for a parking space. The car in front of me was incredibly slow. The garage has two-way traffic with very narrow lanes going in each direction – up and down. It is a difficult garage to navigate in with sharp curves as one enters each level. There was a line of cars behind me as we all waited for the person at the front of the line to select the perfect spot – if there is such a thing.
I was absolutely dumbfounded when the BMW SUV, not a compact car, behind me pulled out into the oncoming traffic lane and whizzed past me and the slow car in front of me. I mean really! The driver of the BMW was very lucky a car was not heading down the ramp or there would have been a head on collision. My heart was in my throat.
Secondly, the route home from the gym takes me by a school with crossing guards. When the school has a late start I am often caught in a long line of cars waiting for the crossing guards to safely guide the children across the streets. Today a crossing guard was walking into the crosswalk holding up her orange stop sign to let the children cross. A large suburban with a woman behind the wheel crossed into the crosswalk and kept driving. The crossing guard was dumbfounded. She attempted to get the driver to recognize what she had done but the driver had a one-track mind – get across the street and be on her way.
Either one of these incidents could have caused unnecessary bodily injury to others. I remember when I was always in a rush. However, I do not believe I have ever taken a risk like the two incidents I describe here.
I wish people would just take a moment to slow down and breathe. Nothing is so important that we should endanger others through our actions. Slow down and breathe. It will do wonders for your mental and physical health.