So I was on a road trip to visit my friend who was my bridesmaid at my wedding. She is a treasured friend and I hadn’t seen her for quite a long time and was looking forward to spending some good quality time with her face to face.
She lives in the beautiful area of Newee Creek, which is between Coffs Harbour and Port Maquarie. I had spent the night before in Sydney and was then driving the rest of the way to her place on the Monday morning.
As I am not used to driving in peak hour I decided to wait until the peak hour rush was finished and then make the journey. Oh and also I wanted to clear some emails and do some work before getting on the road. So I was packed with snacks, some good music and a GPS to guide me on my way.
All was going well until about 15 minutes into my journey I went to make a turn, there was a cement truck mixer beside me also turning, I had somehow completely misjudged where I needed to turn and ended up turning into oncoming traffic which I was very fortunate was quite a distance away.
I got honked in case I was not already aware I was facing the wrong way and then quickly did a u-turn and continued on my journey.
I remembered I was so calm at the time and just dealt with the situation like nothing happened.
For the rest of the journey I kept wondering how I had managed to mess that up and how lucky I was that there was no oncoming traffic. So how do you cope with situations that come up that scream at you that you are going the wrong way?
Do you calmly turn away from them or do you keep trying to drive while being onslaughted by oncoming traffic?
There are also questions that we can ask ourselves when things don’t go to plan or we make mistakes in how we can improve or do things differently in the future.
The lessons we learn will always come in handy for the future, a future I am glad to have thanks to fortunate timing of oncoming traffic and quick thinking to rectify the situation.