Yes sir, I got a traffic ticket this week. I’ve gotten tickets in the past but it’s been almost 5 years. I do really well behind the wheel, don’t have trouble paying attention or following the traffic laws and have mellowed out since I officially hit adulthood enough so that road rage is not an issue. But I got a ticket anyway and I’m glad I did.
I know I’ll be fined, and at this point I don’t even know how much. I have the option to attend traffic school to get the ticket wiped from my record which will cost even more than the ticket I’m sure. So why am I not upset about it?
Because I know I was at fault and I actually believe strongly in the traffic law I was pulled over for, speeding in a school zone. The blinkers were flashing and the traffic cones were out. I’ve driven that road at least 500 times in my life and yet I didn’t notice and neglected to slow down.
As a parent, I know how important my kids are to me. They are my life and if anything happened to them, my wife and I would be devastated. As a hot-headed teen, I remember being frustrated and irritated whenever I had to stop at a school zone. Why does it have to be so slow, I can see the kids fine. They should be paying attention, not me. But now that I have kids of my own, my perspective has changed.
As you navigate through life, being aware of the other people out there and their views will make things so much easier for you. You may never fully understand their life until you experience things they’ve experienced but being understanding of them and their view can help you grow and become a greater person. This will have a positive affect on your work relationships, your single life as you date, your married relationship and your struggles with children. No one thinks the same as you do, not even your children but being aware of that and respecting their perspective will be a great asset in your life.