So here I am, sitting in the middle of the highway, on my way back to Dublin.
This morning I decided to rent a car to do some sightseeing. To my surprise, when I got in the car, I realized that people in Ireland drive on the wrong side of the road. The driver seat is on the right side.
Everything is opposite to what you are used to. You have to drive on your left, the Rear-view mirror is on your left side; you have to shift with your left hand. Everything is opposite of what you were taught. It took me a while, a long while, to get confortable with the situation.
My wife, Nesrin, when she heard that I was driving in Ireland, said to me, “you should not be driving there. With your dyslexia and your constant confusion of your right and left you are going to have an accident” (she jinxed me). I responded, “Do not worry, I already got used to it. It is easy.”
I decided to tour the countryside in the morning. I visited the coast, a lake, a castle and a botanic garden. In the afternoon, although I had the car until the next day, I decided to head back in order to return it. I had had enough and was ready to spend my afternoon walking around town.
On my way back, while driving on the highway I heard a strong blast and suddenly the car was full of smoke. I was confused and did not understand what was going on. I slowed down and parked on the side of the road. After the smoke had cleared, I realized that everything was ok and realized what had occurred.
I had hit a pothole and the front tire exploded. The impact was so strong that the passenger air bag was activated. The explosion of the air bag filled the car with smoke… A little dramatic but everything was ok.
After 3 hours, here I am, still waiting for the tow truck. My sim card is empty so I am with out access to outside world.
What should I do with all this time? Write a post.
So here is the lesson:
Despite our plans, sometimes events occur that are completely out of our control and can turn our world upside down in a split second. These uncontrollable surprises are called circumstances.
The dictionary defines CIRCUMSTANCE as an event that causes something to happen, typically something undesirable.
“Typically something undesirable” I disagree. I see a circumstance as an event that could be used as an opportunity.
It is important to understand where you end up in your life has less to do with your circumstances than with where you decide to go in spite of your circumstances.
At the end, I do not know if the lesson was great in this blog, but I can tell you something, in spite of my circumstances, I am glad that I was carrying my computer and was able to spend time with you, (the readers).
Thank you for listening, to my dramatic situation… LOL
“Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” - Nido Qubein
Who I am today as a person is largely due to my failures!