4 Life Lessons Learned from Sitting in Traffic

Sitting in traffic isn't one of America's favorite pastimes.  Personally, it's not something I wake up in the morning looking forward to.  One of the things I try to do is turn life's obstacles into opportunities for growth. 

Here are four lessons that sitting in traffic has taught me and helped make me a better person:

1.  Patience is not just a virtue, but a necessity for survival. 
The best things in life are really worth waiting for.  If it's saving for a house, finding your soul-mate, earning your PhD, or climbing up the corporate ladder, it's going to take time and patience.  Learning how to wait is a necessary life skill.

2.  There aren't always shortcuts.
There have been plenty of times where I refused to sit in traffic, exited to take a "shortcut", but ended up wasting more time.  Usually what happened was a lot of people took the same route and it was still slow or the route I took wasn't efficient at all.  There are shortcuts in life and on the road, but some aren't worth it.  Real shortcuts require planning in advance and thinking smart.

3.  Timing makes a HUGE difference.
The time of day, day of the week, and time of year makes a difference in a road trip.  Driving towards a big city in the morning usually warrants more traffic than going on the weekend.  The importance of timing is the same in life too.  With dating, buying a house, finding the right job opportunity, or planning a wedding, timing influences so many factors.  Timing affects opportunities.  It's important to keep time in mind always.

4.  It's important to stay focused on the goal/destination.
The ultimate goal of driving is to get to a specific destination.  Being stuck in traffic can make anyone lose sight of that.  No matter what, it's important to get to my destination safely and in one piece.  Being goal oriented is important in being successful.  When I decided to become an English teacher, I knew I had to get my Secondary English Teaching Credential, pass the CBEST test, all four English CSET tests, pass TPA 1,2,3, and 4, complete an internship, and complete BTSA.  It's enough to deter many highly qualified people from the profession, but I ran at it at full force.  My current teaching position made it all worth it.

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