Monday, September 20, 2004

9/20 I understand road rage

For the very first time I understand road rage. It had me in it's fiery grip today. A young woman cut me off this morning on the freeway. I was really mad, but under control, and gave her a sarcastic "thumbs up" sign. She must have mistaken it for the finger, and flipped me the bird and laughed. Anger erupted. "I'll show her." I took off after her, speeding up. Wasn't looking at other lanes, no defensive driving, just anger. She was my total focus.

Suddenly, I realized what I was doing. I slowed down and got into the right lane where I could drive more slowly with the traffic. Surprised? Absolutely. Where did that rage come from? Is there something else going on in my life to explain this misdirected anger? I don't know yet, but I hope I find out. It's disconcerting to say the least.

I'm not happy that I understand road rage. It was much easier when I could laugh at people who got angry so easily.


Bron said...

it's pride.. I get that way a lot... i know when to stop too though but it can take over...
and that woman is a BITCH!

Jerilyn Dufresne, author said...

I thought about this a lot today. There are so many people out there like her, who enjoy "winning" but don't seem to have the compassion to be a good winner. I dunno. I'm probably making too much of this, but it was disturbing.