Locked my keys in the car. I didn't panic, I kept calm and dealt with it. You know what else was locked in there with my keys? My purse which contained my phone and my extra set of keys. I still didn't panic. I cursed the function of the car that automatically locks after a certain time once all doors are shut but I calmly walked inside, grabbed my moms CAA card and used their phone.
This may seem trivial to most, wondering why I had to post about me locking my keys in the car. Surely everyone does it at some point or another. It's a good laugh, silly me. It's the way that I handled it with such ease that surprised me a bit. When once before this event would be enough to send me sideways, I dealt with it.
With everything I have been through, I know life never goes according to plan (it's the reason I struggle to set goals) but I'm becoming much more of a fly by the seat of my pants. I will say it is within limits, I do still try to make plans and I have hopes and dreams, but I know all too well how life goes. Once, when this event would have me flustered and confused and angry, I laughed, made the call and then entertained myself while waiting for the tow truck. Once, when this would have set my day on a downward spiral, my day continued as soon as I had my doors unlocked by a very nice tow truck driver.
It was fascinating to watch all the different tools he used, much more advanced these days than back in the day with a wire coat hanger. It was a beautiful morning and this small incident did nothing but make me laugh and appreciate that fact that I have CAA. This one incident pretty much paid for the yearly membership. so I'm thankful I got use out of it.
Some may wonder again why this is such a big deal, it's because of the way I reacted to it. More so, it's the way I felt when it happened. I have come so far and it was in this moment that I realized the lengths I have come. It's often hard to see growth within oneself, others may see it and mention it but we often do not see or feel it. We deny it to protect our self. This was a moment for me where I actually felt calm and noticed that I was not flustered.
Everything in life has brought me to this new way of living, things happens and we deal with them as they come up. I can plan and try to control as much as possible but I know all too well that doesn't always matter in the end. I think it's an important lesson for society because when you accept that things may not go as planned, it reduces the stress of life. It frees up your mind and spirit to allow relaxation and peacefulness. When this event could have made me angry and ruined my day, I dealt with it and that's what you need to do in life.
Understand it won't go as planned (maybe sometimes but often not) but deal with it as things arise. Deal with it having grace, calmness and peace. No life event is worth all the stress. Sure, had I had places to be or something to do, I may have been more annoyed but I would have dealt with it and still had a good laugh.
Humour and humility, key qualities everyone needs to strive towards. Next time you lock your keys in your car (and yes it will happen) try to deal with it in the moment. Try to look at the joyful side of locking your keys in the car. You are temporarily unable to go anywhere, enjoy the day, make yourself a coffee, sit in the sun, go back into that store and buy the book you were contemplating, think of the wonderful and very socially awkward conversation you'll have with the tow truck driver (thanks social anxiety) stop and take a breath and deal with it. All appointments, meetings and life's other commitments can be rescheduled. Take this moment to appreciate life and the beauty that surrounds you, which we often fail to see.
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