02 January, 2012

Buckle Your Seatbelts

When I was getting ready to come back to the States for the holidays last month, one of the things I was most excited about was being reunited with my trusty, much-loved car, Felix the Passat.  Felix is so named partly because that was the first name that came to mind when I thought, "What should I name my car?", but also because he (yeah, he) is dark, swift, and can brake quickly...like a cat...Or so I told myself.  Just work with me!

Anyway.  I was looking forward to once again having access to a car and the mobility it provides, especially since my family and friends are a bit scattered across the DC area and not always Metro-accessible.  I arrived at my sister's house -- she had kindly been "babysitting" Felix for me -- and could hardly contain my excitement when the keys were placed in my hands.  I hopped inside, hit the road -- and promptly sat in traffic on the Beltway for an hour and a quarter.  Coming home means coming home to everything, even the traffic.

I've been noticing that just in the last four months some stretches of the highways have been completely re-paved and in some cases slightly re-routed.  Some of my frequently-traveled routes used to be fraught with potholes, roller-coaster curves, and other potential hazards to my vehicle (not to mention my life); but now they are smooth, straight, and safe(r).  I remember the summer months during which these improvements were being made; none of us were really thinking that much about how much better it would eventually be.  We were really just supremely annoyed by the immediate inconveniences of nightly lane closures and the length of time it took to travel two miles while roadwork was underway.  Now I hardly notice the miles pass on such smooth roads.

Things had to briefly get worse before they got better...but they got better, and so much better that I hardly remember the former potholes and traffic jams.  Doesn't that principle ring true in much of life?  Traffic patterns, messy garages, hurting relationships...In order to fix any of it, things have to get just a little messier for a little while, but it gets better.  It does.

That is my profound Monday morning thought.  Now I'm going to go eat pancakes with my roommates.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like this text abort Felix, and it is easy to use it as a metaphorn about life. I assume you have thought about that:) /love Karin