- How roadworks taught me to be humble
How roadworks taught me to be humble
That day, I was running a few errands in a little town about 20 miles away from home.
On the way back, I found that the road I would usually take home was blocked.
“I can handle that!” I thought to myself, “I’ll just turn around and take the highway.” Which I did.
As I was about to enter the highway -- surprise, surprise! The highway was closed off too. More roadworks.
This meant I had to turn around again, drive back into town and think of a plan C to get back home.
At this point in our story I need to tell you about my absolutely brilliant navigation abilities, so that I put it in context for you. It may not be obvious from our story --in fact, you might come to the exact opposite conclusion-- but my geographic skills are truly and stunningly phenomenal! I’m not bragging or anything (Seriously!), it’s just a well-known fact that I’m a GPS in human form!
Add to that my absolute belief in my own resourcefulness (Ha! I’m ready to brave out of my comfort zones! Test my limits! I’m a risk taker! There should be a medal for that!), and it may explain why I decided to ignore the ‘Diversion’ signs and find my way home all by myself.
And with unshakable confidence, I took the right turn.
Only that the right turn soon turned out to be the wrong turn. Very wrong turn in fact, because I found myself in a part of town I’ve never been before, which took me by surprise. But I still profoundly believed in my ability to orient myself out of there, so I drove on.
A few streets later, I ended up in the exact same spot. It appears I’d been driving in a circle…
This is not going too well, I thought to myself.
A few more failed attempts led me to the industrial area at the very edge of town (which was decidedly nowhere near where I needed to be), so I pulled over and admitted defeat. It was getting dark too, which did not help my deflated confidence one bit.
I took a deep breath and switched on Google Maps (beloved Google Maps!) whose comforting voice accompanied me all the way home, like a good old friend coming to my rescue in a moment of dire need.
The medal for resourcefulness, I’m afraid, went to Google Maps that night.
As for me, I was just happy to be back home.
“How in the world did you manage to get lost in such a small town?” chuckled my husband as I was sharing --amidst considerable sobbing-- the harrowing trials I’d endured in the labyrinth of road closures in the neighboring town.
I know, I know. He just follows the ‘Diversion’ signs to keep him out of trouble (which, admittedly, works).
Uhm, because I’m… uh… a risk… taker… maybe, I think…
And this is how a few ‘minor roadworks’ (to use my husbands’ words) served as a lesson in humility --as well as fallibility-- for this slightly overconfident geographical prodigy…
By Didi Gorman