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Blog Post by Alison Baughman

It's the Little Lessons in Life

I remember the day I was driving alone on
I-81 and suddenly found myself caught in a
torrential downpour. The windshield wipers
were not keeping up with the rain and I could
barely see the road ahead of me.  My 1st
reaction was to panic.

Even on a beautiful sunny day, I hate interstate

driving. I am not comfortable going at warp
speed and passing tractor trailers make me
wince. I suppose you could say that if I was
at an amusement park, I'd choose the kiddie
rides.  I am a certifiable wimp.

I knew you could not stop on the highway but God, I wanted to. There was no place to pull over, so I
put on my 4-way flashers and slowed down. That decision was made by the "adult me."  Unfortunately,
the "adult me" was also dealing with an anxiety attack about to happen.

I do not know why but I began to take inventory of myself. I told myself that I was a cautious driver
with an excellent record. I reminded myself that I was intelligent, competent and driving as carefully as
I could under the circumstances.  I looked at the other cars on the road with me and said to myself
"they are probably frightened too but they are still driving and if they can, you can."  I knew that if I
just kept driving, eventually I would drive out of the storm.

In what seemed like forever, the rain finally slowed down, and I felt myself relaxing a little and I knew
the worst was over.

Now, it would have been nice if my mind went back to autopilot but apparently I had a little piece of
wisdom to drop on myself.

I realized life is a lot like a sudden torrential rainstorm on the interstate highway. Adversity happens
and when it does, you may want to run away from it or have a panic attack about but, you really have
no option but to keep going until you are on the other side of it. As you are going through it you realize
you have all the tools you need to handle it.

I also realized I was not a wimp at all.

Bravery is not the lack of fear but the ability to move forward in spite of it.
Interstate driving taught me that.

~Alison Baughman
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