STOP PRETENDING YOU’RE HAPPY AND ROLL THE WINDOWS DOWN
May 14, 2018
Hotter Than Hatties
This is me driving my brother’s piece of junk truck 14 years ago. We were carvanning from Denver to Salt Lake City is the dead summer heat. And that piece of junk didn’t have air conditioning or a working radio. Even with the windows rolled down traveling at 75 mph, it was tempting to ride in the buff.
So with no shame, I dipped a towel in a cooler of ice water every 10 minutes and wore it as a head turban. Obviously, nothing about what I was driving or wearing screamed “awesome” or “successful”. But who cared? My happiness in driving in comfort across that death hole of a desert was more important that how I looked.
Fake it Till You’re Miserable
My mother hated riding with her grandmother in the car to town in the 1950’s. The car lacked air conditioning that was only affordable for the wealthy. In the extreme dry summer heat of Idaho, her grandmother refused to let her roll the windows down for air flow. The reason? Her grandmother wanted people to think they were wealthy and had air conditioning in their car.
Rather than make a miserable hot drive somewhat bearable with the windows rolled down, her grandmother was willing to compound their discomfort with extreme heat by choosing to keep the windows up. All in the vain effort to look like they had money.
I share this story with others and we laugh at the craziness of such behavior. But, I’m confident generations to come will also laugh at our similar actions. Air conditioning is standard in vehicles today. And we probably wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen with our windows rolled down. But what things do we sacrifice for our comfort and peace of mind in order to impress or appear to be something we are not?
Just Roll the Windows Down and be Happy
One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and continue to develop is “just rolling our windows down”. It’s the process of choosing our peace of mind and comfort over pretending to be something we are not. Some people may judge that we have our windows down. But truth be told, most down care. And the best people always smile with big waving hands as we drive past each other. No judgement. No pretending. Just enjoying the drive.