Not too many years ago I had to go on a speed awareness course.
Usually, if anything, I drive a bit too slow.
But, as luck would have it, I was caught doing 34 in a 30.
Yep. It was marginal. But still, I’d gone too fast.
Now, speed awareness courses aren’t known for being fun.
This one lived up to that hype.
But, still, it was only 4 hours and as long as I paid attention and let them get on with it, it would be over quickly – right?
The problem wasn’t me. The problem was the other participants.
You see, I’ll let you into a secret….most people don’t like being wrong.
Even if they are.
And I found myself in a room full of people who didn’t like the fact they’d done something wrong.
Now, the format of these sessions is fairly simple. Two instructors take you through a few powerpoints and you watch some videos.
But, things were a lot slower…because, at every given opportunity, a lot of the participants were coming up with excuses.
Grown men and women coming up with monologues, like school children trying to get out of trouble with the headmaster.
And so, what should have been around four hours, ended up lasting an extra hour and a half.
Once the excuses were done that same majority, annoyed that their excuses fell on deaf ears, busied themselves by challenging the two instructors at every possible point.
Boy, did that session drag on.
We need to remind ourselves that sometimes we are wrong.
In my day-to-day life, whether it be at work or while being social, I’m wrong. And that’s okay. I’m allowed to be wrong.
On a side note, sometimes I think life needs a speed awareness course…as it moves way too fast.
Although, on a serious note, don’t speed. Get up earlier.