No Swerving Allowed

Wow, what a crazy drive this morning on the highway. The winds were unbelievable. As I was driving I could see the white caps causing large waves to crash on shore. It’s usually calm along shore.

The trees were heavily boughing over the highway. The rain was falling hard. I was pelted several times this morning by pinecones and tree branches. What was once a smooth morning commute, is now a bumpy, rough death trap for a ride as branches and debris covered the highway. Kuthump, kuthump, kuthump. I don’t like the feeling. It felt like I was running over small animals.

The car was hard to control with the wind. I turned onto the next highway. The highway, tightly winding like a large snake around it’s victim. No swerving allowed here. One wrong swerve I could hit a wall of trees or wall of rock; the other way, I go over the cliff.

By now I have a death grip on the steering wheel and I can feel the tension in the back of my neck. The car in front of me swerved to the right and I followed suit, hoping not to run off the road, a large branch covered part of the lane. Another mile up and the car swerved into the opposite lane. With no choice, I swerved into the other lane, barely missing a tree trunk, it’s branches I ran over in the other lane. Kuthump, kuthump.

This is probably the second scariest commute I’ve driven. The scariest was a couple of years ago it had snowed. I was leaving for work but suddenly I became viciously nauseous for no reason. Thinking I was going to vomit, I ran back into the house. About ten minutes had past and the feeling subsided. Weird, I thought.

As I merged onto the highway, I noticed the snow had been cleared by the plow. About 10 miles into my drive, the highway became icy. I dropped my speed but it was too late. I lost control and spun across the highway into the center divide, facing oncoming traffic. Funny thing, at that very moment, there were no cars to be seen. After a few minutes, here come a string of cars. Was it a sign? Was my sudden feeling ill, and those 10 minutes of extra time before I left the house the reason why there were no cars around me when I spun out of control? Guardian angels?

A young man in a large Dodge truck like mine, pulled over and stopped all the traffic on the highway so I could get turned around and back on again. After that I said screw it and drove back home. Very slowly.

When I arrived to work this morning I was tense. Thank God I made it okay without breaking a windshield or a tree falling onto my car. A fear I have commuting on this highway.


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Robin is an Administrator with experience in account management, marketing and job coaching. Her background is executive management, marketing and healthcare. Fueled by her passion for understanding the nuances in motivating her teams to work effectively and efficiently, she inspires through a creative mindset and humor while allowing individuals to express themselves through their talents. Robin's knowledge and determination to rationalize and apply systems, assists others in generating effective time management and workflow. She believes the key to success is through mindfulness, positive support and collaboration.

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