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Changing It Up a Bit

by owl on August 5, 2011 · 5 comments

On Tuesday, I decided to change up my drive to work, by taking a different way home. The change was welcome indeed. Not only does my new route take the same amount of time as the old one, it is far less busy and stressful. I’ve been on a mission to remove stress from my life lately, and this is a large step toward it.

I have a confession to make, I abhor traffic. It’s sickening to look at, and even worse to drive through. I can’t even drive on interstates, due to the horrid drivers and high speeds, so I take state highways, and sometimes county roads.

My old route was fraught with traffic, as it’s the main route through the city I work in. The posted speed limit is 55, and it’s very busy. It goes right through a hub of businesses, from Walmart to Lowes to all sorts of restaurants, complete with half a dozen stop lights, and so it’s the place where everyone must go. And go they do, often at speeds much faster than 55. Personally I went about 45-50, and would always hold up traffic. It got very annoying to have people huffing away behind me, but I didn’t change how I drove just for them.

I just changed where I drove. I found a road that parallels the old route I took, probably the old main route before the ‘newer and better’ two lane road took it’s place. NO ONE drives on it….it’s really sad, but also great because I don’t have to deal with anyone developing ulcers because I take it easy and drive safely.

My advice to you is, don’t be afraid to try something new. Try changing up one thing in your routine, to see if you can remove some stress. It will make all the difference in the world.

Do you go off the beaten path much?

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Owl is the founder and primary writer at CentsToShare. He enjoys reading above all else, but also gardening, building, eating healthy food and being self-reliant. Living a happy, stress-free life is possible, but it must be sought after, and not taken for granted. If you like the site, please let me know in the comments or through email - Thanks!

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