Have you ever considered the connection between the way you drive your car and the way you live your life? Do you aim to get to your destination in the shortest possible time by taking the quickest route? Do you travel on motorways stuck in the inside lane, perhaps afraid to overtake anyone? Do you stay in the middle lane doing a steady 70 miles per hour, regardless of whether or not there are vehicles in the inside lane, or behind you waiting to pass? Are you stuck in the way you do things? Do you speed in the outside lane expecting slower vehicles to get out of your way? Or do you avoid motorways at all costs because they are too frightening? Have you ever thought to yourself ‘I don’t remember the last few minutes of the journey – my mind was elsewhere’!] How frightening is that! Do you ever take in the views as you drive along, or are you too focussed on the road ahead? Do you consider taking an alternative route down winding roads or country lanes? Do you stop and have a break?

Do you live your life in the same way? Are you intent on getting from A to B as quickly as possible? Where is B anyway and who has determined it? Is it the end of your journey in life? Are you choosing the route or has it been pre-determined and, if the latter, who chose it? A parent, perhaps? Or are you using satnav (again not your decision) or a road map, a route that you have chosen? Is the route one which was good enough for your parents, perhaps ‘one that they always did’, thus ‘making’ it good enough for you? Or are you afraid of choosing for yourself because you know they – your parent(s) – wouldn’t approve?
Is it time to pull into a ‘picnic area’, take a break and re-assess the direction you are taking in life – or ‘life’ is taking you? Are there changes you can make to give your life more freedom, i.e. not living to someone else’s script with more choice. By ‘choosing’ to do something rather than doing it ‘because we have to’ we take the power of the decision into our own hands together with the responsibility. Perhaps we have been avoiding taking responsibility for our lives by merely ‘mindlessly’ getting on with it.