Traffic Weaving

When I was 18 I moved away from home to work.  I lived in an apartment with two other girls, one I knew, one I didn’t.  Ironically, the one I didn’t know initially became a very good friend, we ended up living together for about five years.

Our apartment was set back from a main thoroughfare in behind a strip mall.  I had to walk across the parking lot to catch the bus to work in the morning and got off the bus at the end of my day on the opposite side of the street.  Now, for whatever reason I use crowds and traffic lights as challenges.  My goal is to navigate a crowd as quickly as possible, weaving in and out and around people without bumping or touching them.  The more people I pass the better I feel.  I have now passed this down to Piper.  I know, so much to be proud of…

So in my youth, at some 18 years old, I would exit the bus and try to cross the six lanes of traffic in the most efficient and fast way.  Like crowd weaving but with cars.  I also wore a backpack and it was usually full which added a challenge to the running and weaving. 
I lived near a University, so there were often lots of students on my bus, and a fair number of international students of Asian descent.  I usually sat in the same seat on the bus if possible.  I can’t tell you where he got on, but I can tell you he got off at my stop.  I can also tell you that he was Asian and that we never spoke. 
I have no memory of when or how it all started but here’s what happened, we raced.  Yes, that’s what I said, the young Asian guy and I raced each other running and weaving with full backpacks across the six lane road Monday thru Friday.  As the competition wore on, we began to watch carefully to see how the traffic lights would turn to get a better advantage of traffic weaving.  Sometimes we had to run as fast as possible tumbling off the bus to get the crossing light or other times we had to run to the next light to try and cross with it…it was fun, it was a lot of fun.  I have no idea what people on the bus thought or even if they noticed.  The only communication we had was locking eyes which was akin to a starter’s gun.  Once we met glances, it was on!
I recognise that this may seem crazy.  I can tell you that it makes me laugh today, 25 years later, it makes me laugh.  So that got me thinking, how does competition start?  My Asian rival didn’t live in the same apartment block as I did, we never spoke, we never did anything but watch each other to anticipate the next move.  It was like a silent game of chess. 
Now, think about competition in your workplace or on your team or even with your siblings, partner or children.  Does it exist?  I bet it does, and I bet there are facets of it that you have no idea how it started or why you are competing, or better yet what you are competing for.  And it’s not necessarily unhealthy or troublesome, but it can be.  As a leader it is important for you to know what you team is competing for and who they are competing against.  If it’s adversarial it will need your attention, if it’s to better your team then it might need your encouragement.  Competition gives us an opportunity to unite.  Look at sports or schools or countries, all reasons to stand together.  If you are competing what is your goal?  What’s the end game?  And has it changed from when you started, and is the change moving you in the right direction?  Leaders should always ask; how are we doing?  What are we learning?  How can we do it better? 
My goal was simply to get home as fast as I could, which involved getting across the street as fast as I could.  But my goal changed or became two pronged when I had a competitor, now it was to beat him AND get home fast, one served the other.  I have to admit getting home fast became secondary to winning.  I also can admit that we were gracious losers, that when we lost we would wave or salute or similar to acknowledge defeat and support the others victory.  Our competition made us better traffic weavers. 
What does your competition do?  Does it make you better?
I am forever grateful to my Asian friend whom I have never met for making my bus rides home in my 18th year a bit more exciting and a lot more enjoyable.  I can only hope I did the same for him, some crazy Canadian girl with a weaving fever.
Be aware of how you impact people, whether you know them or talk to them…you may impact them and you may be competing with them.  I suggest you use that opportunity to be better, to make them better and to infuse a little bit of fun within your daily routine, stop worrying what the other people on the bus are thinking.  With any luck you will have a roll off effect that might make you laugh 25 years later.
  • nsfhitede
    Posted at 00:28h, 11 April

    [url=]canadian drugs[/url] generic viagra cheap online pharmacy canada

  • gamefly free trial
    Posted at 16:12h, 04 May

    Hey, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
    it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, excellent blog!

  • gamefly free trial
    Posted at 00:10h, 05 May

    If some one wants to be updated with hottest technologies after
    that he must be visit this web site and be up to date daily.

  • subplawn
    Posted at 10:08h, 06 May

    [url=]over the counter viagra substitute[/url] viagra online uk how much is viagra

  • mojang minecraft download
    Posted at 02:32h, 08 May

    I enjoy reading through a post that can make men and women think.

    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • minecraft free
    Posted at 15:09h, 09 May

    I think the admin of this website is actually working hard in support of his site,
    since here every material is quality based data.

  • g
    Posted at 17:18h, 10 May

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different web address
    and thought I should check things out. I like what I see
    so now i’m following you. Look forward to looking over your web page again.

  • g
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 May

    This is the right web site for everyone who really wants to
    find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that’s been discussed for many years.
    Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

  • how to download minecraft
    Posted at 19:33h, 14 May

    Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I
    was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment
    form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  • minecraft pc download
    Posted at 17:57h, 15 May

    Fine way of describing, and good piece of writing
    to take data regarding my presentation subject matter, which i am going to present in academy.

  • how to download minecraft
    Posted at 22:55h, 16 May

    Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one
    and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  • free minecraft download
    Posted at 02:56h, 17 May

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and
    sources back to your weblog? My blog site is in the exact same niche as
    yours and my visitors would certainly benefit from some of the information you
    provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you.

  • minecraft free
    Posted at 12:11h, 17 May

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. That is a very neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your helpful info.

    Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  • olqshall
    Posted at 02:56h, 22 May

    [url=]play casino games[/url] gsn casino slots online casinos for us players vegas casino games

Post A Comment