The other day, I turned onto the I-5 on-ramp, and it looked like the dystopian future.
There was no one, I mean not a single car on the freeway heading south. My brain could not compute what it was seeing.
Where were all of the cars?
I live in Los Angeles, a city known for its packed freeways and frustrated drivers, and I’m about to get on a six-lane freeway and have free rein to enter like I am going down a six-story water slide.
I was both giddy and a bit fearful of what had happened to cause this vast emptiness.
And then I saw it.
A California Highway Patrol was conducting a “traffic break.”
That’s when a cop car zig-zags back and forth across the freeway at slow speeds slowing down the traffic behind them to 25-30 mph. I had never seen this before moving to LA.
They do it to give emergency vehicles or clean-up crews time to do their work a mile or two down the road.
But I was getting on the freeway 100 yards ahead of the traffic break. It felt like incredible freedom.
I got on the road, turned up my stereo, and reveled in the experience.
And that’s my wish for you.
That this holiday season, you can experience a mental traffic break. That for a moment, you can put a pause on all the expectations; the need for perfection; the people-pleasing, and the fear of disappointments.
That you can experience a sense of pure joy, a moment of giddiness, or an expected pleasure.
That you find a moment to throw your hands up in the air and shout, “This is AMAZING!”
Because just like I experienced, you will eventually find your way back into traffic.
But I will never forget the feeling of freedom on an empty highway.
I want you to feel that sense of freedom too.