Do you do this too? It’s complete insanity…
The other day I was driving to pick up the kids from school when a U-Haul truck zoomed from outer space and decided to get within a foot of my bumper.
Um, I’m not a slow driver AND I was driving in the slow lane.
This Jackass cuts over to the other lane and proceeds to weave in and out of traffic. All I could think about was what a total dickwad this guy was being. As I watched the doofus speed down the road, I had his whole jerky life pinned down: a self-centered young kid that doesn’t think about others and needlessly takes risks.
Yep, I know the type.
We finally stopped at a light where I came up right next to the U-Haul. Indeed…he looked rather young. I nailed him, I thought.
Then, he rolled down his window, motioned to a homeless guy to come over (the same guy that I pass 15 times a day and try to not make eye contact with), and gave him a bill. Was it a dollar? Five? Twenty?
I wouldn’t even venture a guess, since I clearly misjudged the guy.
This angel of a “jackass” reminded me how much we make up our own stories. And often these stories aren’t even true. We pick the meaning, tone, motivation, and sentiment all on our own, without knowing the truth.
After our story is complete, we then go over it a few hundred times in our heads completely aggravating the hell out of ourselves.
How completely insane! STOP THE MADNESS!
So, the next time you start filling in the blanks and creating your own story for an event, remember my U-Haul guy. There is always more that meets the eye.