After one of those mindfullness heavy yoga classes, several of us stayed behind to chat. Our instructor asked if we noticed more people seemed depressed lately. We had, and added our own observations: The President, the weather, kids at home over summer vacation. I’d add more: Frustration with The American Dream, societal pressures, empty feelings related to our careers and our identities.
As I drove home, I noticed people honking and driving very aggressively—leaning on their horns, holding their arms up in disbelief, cursing, and yelling.
Think about this: People who are angry about life are also angry behind the wheel. Their frustrations in one or multiple areas of life, need an outlet. As it happens, a car comes equipped with a tool that can ward off danger, alert someone to move, or serve as a tool to let everyone know you are pissed off.
Some drivers are not honest with themselves (or others) about their frustrations. They cannot yell at their spouse, their children, or their boss. They need an outlet and unfortunately for everyone else, that outlet becomes the horn.
Most of us followed a typical path: school, degree, job, spouse, kids, mortgage, promotion, more kids, minivan. We did what was expected. What’s the ‘driving force’ for many? Don’t disappoint our parents. The thing is, we’re going to outlive them, so why dedicate our prime years to fulfilling their goals for us?
One day, we wake up and wonder if this is it? Some people are content with this routine. They punch their clock, watch their favorite shows, travel a little. Others strive to keep up with the Joneses, working themselves to the bone to accumulate wealth and possessions accompanying money. Are they happy or miserable?
Mindfullness helps. But I think absurdism is the solution. If everything sucks, we might as well find enjoyment in the fact that everything sucks.
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