I’m stuck in a traffic jam, who isn’t? A traffic jam, one of the most stupid consequences of urban modern life, what a waste of time and energy. Is there any good out of it? Hardly any! The idea of standing still when I must run, is inevitable. What can we do in a constant growing world where queuing and waiting are fate? Each one of us is losing their vital space! And we breed! We breed to conquer what’s left of empty lands. We breed like no tomorrow! You just have a kid? Congratulations and welcome to the forced immobility in a fast world! We are living in a paradox! The beauty in being daily in a traffic jam is, once the frustration is under control because one must learn how to master stress, deep thinking kicks in and some dreaming to, it all depends on the music.
Music: switching from one radio station to another, I couldn’t help asking myself this question: what on hell is happening to music these days? So we are submitted to nonsense commercial music, that is without any damn identity? That mix of cheap latino, not even the good latino, with the same repetitive beat, even Madonna is on it now! Please, I can’t recognize the artist singing, they all sound exactly the same! Isn’t it strange, that in a world free as never before, its four corners connected restlessly, isn’t it strange and shameful to end up listening to this crap? Music with no identity, artists with no identity, and making money and achieving, is our responsibility. Thank God for Bohemian rhapsody the movie, it brought back Queen on radio stations. “The show must go on” Freddie and I are screaming on the top of our lungs right now… it managed to put a smile on my face!
People: in between rare good songs and a lot of bad ones, I look around to other people stuck like me in their cars. Anyone who live in a crowded city knows what I am talking about. People.. and the expression on their faces: boredom? maybe.. despair? maybe.. daydreaming? maybe… frustrated? maybe… happy? maybe… hopeful? maybe… All emotions come up to one single expression! The best part is when I start to imagine what they are talking about, or to write their stories in my mind. “They are a new couple but not that happy together” or “He is single but so rude (I don’t know why) I am sure he works a sale man” or “She is doctor, she doesn’t smoke” etc. Stereotypes can help me go on with my life happy and content with what I have.
Beggars: plenty of them in every city and their number is increasing, they appear during traffic jams to beg for money. They are the invisible people. Nobody look in their eyes. Or let’s say they are all alike. They all look the same. They are the ones without faces. They remind us of life’s cruelty. And we tend to look away when they come closer, even when we decide to help them. Another consequence of urbanization and capitalism: rich become richer, poor become poorer and more in number. So after all, being in a car stuck in a jam is not the end of the world.
Planning: I am constantly planning, specially my daily workouts. Gymoholic or a gym obsessed, who cares, I picture moves, exercices, sets and reps, classes, tools.. Kettlebell is one my all time favorite. One can get creative with it. Perhaps, I am working out in my mind because I am stuck? The lack of movement is hard. Think about all the people who are prisoners, in a small space or in their own bodies: terrible!
Success: it comes to two words: achievement and fulfillment. One can achieve a lot without being fulfilled. As much as one can be fulfilled without achieving much. It all depends on perspective on life. But sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference between achieving and fulfilling. I guess we all like what we are good at. Therefore achieving should make us fulfilled. Sometimes it does and most of the time it doesn’t. Somehow there’s a blurry line between the two states.
That was one hour in the traffic jam for a distance of 20 km. How fair is that? But it helped write a post!