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Nothing Sweet About Driving Like an A-Hole

October 21, 2012

I drive like an a-hole.

I’m aggressive, sloppy and often angry.

I justify this by saying I’m assertive, agile, and often the victim of
crappy drivers.

Insert f-bomb here.

The reality is I drive like an a-hole because I’m late for everything.

While the reason for this is a future blog post entirely, the point is the other day the voice in my head screamed ~


The scream was so overdue. A few weeks ago I “assertively” navigated the highway at 5 AM in a hurry to meet a group of Sweetlife Adventures carpooling to climb Mount Bierstadt. I pulled into the designated parking lot to learn that one of the cars I “maneuvered around with agility” was one of the coolest adventurers ever, Jen P.

Fortunately Jen P is hilarious and gave me the well deserved razzing. I let my a-holeness seep in all the way up to 14,060 feet while hoping the high altitude oxygen deprivation would give her short term memory loss.

Jen P (far left) rocked the summit.

So here’s my point.

We all want to be the best versions of ourselves. And sometimes we realize we’re not. This ongoing journey is what makes life rich & spicy and allows us to fine tune our gifts. When we find an area for improvement, we have to dig deep to find the required strength to acknowledge it and commit to improving.

Driving rose higher on my (long) list of improvement areas.

In what ways do you want to be better?  What can you do to start making it happen?

A big first step for me starts with car maintenance. Here was my dash that day –

Exhibit A: A-Hole Driver Inside & Out

Even the most cautious of drivers would pull out their inner a-hole when they realize they have no gas and long overdue maintenance. Helloooo?

I’ll be hitting the roads with a new attitude this week. If you get cut off by a gray Honda Pilot,  feel free to give me the bird or shake your head in shame. But please know I’m trying.

Important Note: if I carpool with you, rest assured I am not a dangerous driver. I promise I am worthy of driving your child…just not borrowing your car.

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