I unfortunately have to travel on the freeways a lot in Orange County if I ever want to see my beloved boyfriend. This means I have to visit three wonderful freeways, the 22, 55, and the 91. After being in a tragic car accident on a freeway, you could definitely declare me a “cautious driver.” With that said I do like to exceed the speed limit a little bit. So as I travel on the freeway somewhere in the high 70’s (hopefully there are no cops judging me by this statement) with my music loud and my spirits high I notice something in my rear view mirror. Yes of course I have a tailgater. I am not really sure who this person is or where they feel they need to be going over 75 mph, but they are obviously deeply annoyed by my sluggish ways. I normally move over and allow them to pass me but there are some instances when this is just not possible.
This morning on my travels to work I was faced with this very scenario, a tailgater on a rampage to be somewhere very quick. I couldn’t change lanes as their was someone directly next to me so I was forced to feel stress and anxiety with the pressure of driving faster when simply I wasn’t comfortable doing so.
How many times have you felt pressure to drive faster due to a tailgater or how many times have you been that person applying the pressure? I can say we have probably all been there and the consequence is a little thing called road rage. Not for me I am simply moving along happily listening to dire straits, but that person behind me is about to blow a coronary.
What if we took that same scenario and applied it to food. Let’s call broccoli the slow cautious driver and french fries the tailgater. How does broccoli make you feel? Maybe you don’t particularly like it but does is cause any stress or anxiety? Do you feel resistance or pressure to eat the broccoli from other broccoli eaters? Is anyone forcing broccoli at you (besides your parents when you are a kid). Probably not. Broccoli is safe and delicious with no implications of causing stress. Now lets switch over to the french fries. These french fries are greasy and delicious. They may cause a heart attack if consumed to regularly but it is worth it to some. These french fries can cause guilt, stress and anxiety. The french fries may be forced on you in a social setting as a fellow fry eater doesn’t want to be the lonely glutton. The french fries might make you feel low, and upset. What if we looked those french fries straight in the face and said no. How do you think the tailgater would react? You might get the finger but you are not harmed. The good news is french fries won’t even give you the finger and ignoring them is equally as satisfying.
The analogy might be a stretch but the emotions are the same. Just as you have the choice to ignore the tailgater and get out of their way, you can easily pick the delicious, nutritious broccoli and get out of the french fries’ way.