We all have them. Fear is defined as “something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of”.
So, one of my biggest fears is driving on the interstates around Atlanta, particularly I-285. Don’t laugh – this is a real fear of mine, and if you live in Atlanta, you are probably nodding your head right now.
This expressway is referred to in Atlanta as THE PERIMETER, circling Atlanta and clocking in at just under 64 miles. It ranges from 8 – 12 lanes wide. In fact, what is referred to as Spaghetti Junction increases to 18 lanes.
It is used by an estimated two million people each day, making it one of the most travelled roads in the U.S.
So, why am I so fearful of a road? The drivers are aggressive, zipping across the lanes. I have seen wrecks happen on more than one occasion, and when that happens, you can be STUCK for hours!
What has this fear cost me? Time, time and then some more time. I have driven 45 minutes to a destination in Atlanta when using the expressways would have taken half of that time!
What am I doing to confront this fear? I’m going to get a larger car. I haven’t had a car payment in 21 years, thus buying smaller (meaning cheaper) cars. I never “loved” them. They were just something to get me where I was going. But, with my little car hitting 115,000 miles, it is time to bite the bullet and find a car I would be proud of, that will keep up with the traffic, and basically take me where I am going IN STYLE! It will be big enough to carry larger pieces of artwork in too!
What are you fearful of that is holding you back? And, yes – that picture above is typical rush hour traffic in Atlanta.