Shared Holidays Make Everything Better – Even Traffic

Like many of you, I sat in traffic today heading home for Christmas. And like many of you, I don’t find traffic appealing.

But there was something strange in the air – something maybe you’re noticing, too. It was something like camaraderie.

Where I might normally feel frustration at best with heavy traffic, I looked around and saw neighbors. I saw people making the same journey I was making. Like those strangers standing next to you in the waiting room, or in the long line at Disney World: they become just a little more relatable and sympathetic. I could have started a conversation with any of them easily and shared a smile about holiday plans.

If I had had the time, I might have even done it.

I had that moment of realization (“WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER”) and saw how close I (personally-speaking, not proximally) was to the people in the cars around me- something that is probably true all year round too.

If you have the chance, take advantage of this “waiting room” effect and bond with a stranger over the holidays, even if traffic-related.

Photo by Alexander Popov on Unsplash

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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