One (of many) Traffic Pet Peeves

There are some who might say I am not the best driver. I would tend to agree. I’ve had my share of accidents – some my fault and most not my fault. Every day I drive to work there is one intersection where I am waiting to get creamed because people don’t understand the above sign!!

Here is a picture I found online of the intersection in question (Square Lake Rd & Woodward Ave):

(Square Lake Rd and Woodward Ave – Bloomfield Township, MI)

When I get off the expressway I need to make a right turn onto Woodward. The lane immediately to my left is supposed to ONLY go straight. You can see the sign clearly in the middle of the picture. When I make my right turn, I need to get all the way to the left to make the infamous Michigan left turn. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times some jerk in the left lane starts to turn in front of me almost causing an accident!

Sometimes the jerk will be a courteous jerk and put their turn signal on, so at least I know that he is going to make the illegal turn. However, in most cases, the jerk just turns. I have many pet peeves, but this one just makes my blood boil! I am surprised there are not more accidents at this intersection.

I guess I wonder why they haven’t come out and painted huge arrows on the pavement. This seems to be the thing to do now. At the I-75/US 23 split in Flint, they have I-75 signs painted in the lanes that you need to be in to stay on 75 and US 23 signs painted in the lanes that you need to be in to stay on US 23. I don’t think it would be a waste of paint! You’d kind of know what each lane does if you saw this:

Wouldn’t you?! One can only hope.

My rant is over…

Quotes I Needed To Hear Today

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It’s not worth my time (or yours) to rehash why I am writing this blog. It will be a short one. After an incident today, Sam (as she always does), saw a great quote that really helped me today:

“Learn to be ok with people not knowing your side of the story. You don’t have to prove ANYTHING to ANYONE.”

That quote was followed by a post from a friend on Facebook which read:

“Start ignoring people who threaten your joy. Literally – ignore them. Say nothing. Don’t invite any parts of them into your space.”

Both of these quotes were just perfect and helped me deal with a situation. While I have never been one to seek revenge on anyone, another quote I stumbled on also helped:

“Living a good life really is the best revenge. Once they acknowledge that they cannot ruin your happiness, they lose their power.”

It’s all about control. Author Jill Blakeway says it this way:

“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will seem unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth – JUST LIKE YOU DID!”

Fitting right in with that last quote:

“The sociopath fears two things. (1.) Losing control and (2.) Being exposed”

Author Daniel Chidiac says:

“When a person attempts to control someone else’s life, it only reflects the lack of control they have on their own.”

Not sure if this is true, but actor Will Smith is credited with saying:

“Haters are the people who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success”

When you break free from people who have controlled you or manipulated you for years, you have to remember that now that you are not in their life anymore, they must turn to someone else and manipulate them. There is a great truth here!

So why did I write this? To be a constant reminder to myself of how far I have come and to always remember:

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