On this cold morning, as I was driving to work in my unmarked police car, drinking my coffee and jamming to my old school rock and roll, I was snapped from my morning commuter trance by a loud, and really tall, four-wheeled drive pickup truck flying past me. As I looked over to see the vehicle, I noticed how many other people were flying past me without a second thought about their speed or worried about getting a ticket. Now, when I say my car is unmarked, I mean it is a big Maroon Crown Victoria (the police car of choice in Louisville) with 3 long light bars clearly visible in the back window and another long one in the front. There is no tint on my windows either. Yes, at a very quick glance, you can miss the lights and me in my uniform, but if those drivers took just a little longer look, they would have clearly seen the police stuff. In Louisville, it looks like a police car. Besides, I know for a FACT the bad guys can pick out my car any day of the week, so why not people rushing to get places in the morning? As a side note, if you’re wondering why I didn’t give any of them a ticket, in Kentucky, writing traffic-violation tickets are at my discretion and unless you’re endangering other drivers I typically don’t write them…not to mention the fact that I hate traffic stops on major highways where trucks and other drivers fly past you without slowing!
Anyway, as all these cars flew past me, I started thinking about why. Were they just in a big hurry to get to work? Did they know I was a cop but wasn’t worried about getting a ticket? Were they risk-takers and thrill-seekers? Or did they wake up late? Or was this how they went everywhere in life and how they approached everything around them, without little notice and without taking a second glance. Really, I think most of us can answer any one of these questions at different times in our day, which is perfectly fine since none of us are perfect. That being said, the part that concerned me the most was, for another glance, just a second longer, all these drivers would have noticed I was a police officer and changed their pattern of speeding most likely. Hell, maybe one of those drivers were trying to rush someone to a hospital and, had they noticed me, I could have helped them get there quicker!
My point to this rambling is this, many times in life we miss opportunities because he are so set on our end goal that we don’t even consider looking around. And because we are so focused on going straight ahead, we fail to notice possible dangers or opportunities can can affect us. Now, if you know me, you know I am definitely going to tell you to set goals and sprint towards them as fast as you can. Afterall, a goal is what gets us out of bed each morning. That and the grace of God. All I’m saying is this, while in pursuit of your goals, remember to glance around at the other things going on in life, even for just a second, because it might just help you get there faster, or at worse, hurt you trying to get there. In other words, don’t let life give you a ticket because you weren’t paying attention. Have a great day everyone, I’m out.
I started this blog a year ago this month in order to help other amps learn what I’ve experienced as an AKA over the last 10 years of my life. It has also been in some ways, therapeutic for me as well. As of today, I’ve had over 20,000 views from 115 countries! Thank you to everyone. Remember, this thing we’re doing called life is about helping as many others as we can before we exit for good. Who will you help this year? Thank you again and cheers!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.