What's the Rush??
By Julie Levy ~ Posted Tue, 06/24/2008 - 11:56am
"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth."
I am a person who likes to be on time when I go somewhere. That being said, I try to leave myself enough time to get where I'm going on time. I also understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond a person's control that might cause someone to be late or to feel that they have to rush in order to get somewhere at a reasonable time.
My normally brief and enjoyable morning commute was not so enjoyable this morning due to some extremely rushed, impatient and unsafe drivers. Normally, I just take idiot drivers with a grain of salt but when the erratic and potentially dangerous driving involves buses and young children waiting at their bus stop, I get a little irate.
This morning, the white minivan in front of me- after being forced to wait all of 30 seconds while a school bus picked up some kids- chose to illegally pass the same bus at its next stop. This van jerked around the bus in the 5 seconds it takes for the bus' stop sign to unfold and while its lights were already flashing. At the curb on the opposite side of the street was a boy, kindergarten or first grade at the most, awaiting the bus. Thankfully the boy was observant and stayed at the curb until his bus driver waved him across the street and onto the bus.
After the bus had performed both of its stops on Atlantic Avenue, it became the first in a line of stopped cars at the intersection of Atlantic and University. If you've ever been stopped at this particular light/intersection, you know that it is not a brief light due to the fact that University Avenue is a bit busy no matter what time of day you are driving. The second that the light turned green, the maroon mercury station wagon behind me layed on their horn in an effort to hurry the bus along. As soon as we had cleared the intersection, the station wagon proceeded to dramatically swerve around my car and the bus to speed along on its not-so-merry way.
I was incredulous. What is wrong with people? It's not an idling semi in your way, IT'S A BUS full of KIDS for crying out loud!! I wished that there was some action I could have taken to reprimand the careless drivers or to give the school bus driver a pat on the back. I settled for being happy that no accidents were caused and that the bus could continue to ferry its passengers safely to school. I also settled in for the remaining few minutes of my drive and reminded myself that no destination is that important that I should drive like a maniac to get there.
"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."