"Road Rage." Interesting you bring that up, in light of Mark's metaphor about "hauling ass down the road to recovery" (I love it!)in the thread "Need Help (New Member)."
Also very fitting for me becuz its a problem I've had, and another aspect of what is a very appropriate metaphor for my own recovery.
My problem has not been feeling like I'm in the way on the highway. Or maybe it has, but I've just been dealing with that feeling differently.
My tendency has always been toward rather aggressive driving, probably as a way of trying to feel in control of a life otherwise so out of control. I suspect this is where a lot of road rage comes from, and I know mine did. It's like I've been striking back at my abusers and at the whole world. (No excuses, just facts).
After all, take away major vehicle size differences, and an automobile seems like "the great equalizer." Unfortunately this is in part becuz it dehumanizes the highway, and makes everybody just a bunch of impersoanal vehicles. That of course makes it easier to show less courtesy & compassion on the highway, and to be more self-centered & aggressive.
Yet, tho from the opposite direction, dealing with my SA has also helped me overcome the manifestations of my abuse in my driving. I don't have road rage anymore, I drive less aggressively
I'm not in such a rush, I'm more relaxed. Still got a long way to go, but much better. I've gotta be becuz even my wife thinks so!
So good for you, and good for both of us, New!
As you can tell, this whole matter of driving is a big issue for me, and seems to be somewhat of a barometer of & metaphor for my life & especially my recovery.
So, tho you may regret it now after inspiring that dissertation on road rage
, thanks for sharing this.
In fact, you've inspired me enuf that I think I've got a new thread in the works on road rage on recovery road. Oh my, what have you done?!
Take Care New