Marlene Takes the Road Less Traveled
When it comes to certain things, I am a creature of habit. I often eat the same things for breakfast. The same goes for lunch and dinner. It’s not that I don’t like variety. It’s just that I go into auto-pilot, instead of changing things up.
Maybe that sounds pretty boring, but it keeps things simple and saves a lot of time. I didn’t realize how much I do it, until someone called me out on it. “Why do you bring the same sandwich every single day for lunch?” I don’t know. Doesn’t everyone?? Apparently not.
And it’s not just about what I eat every day. It’s about traveling too. For instance, I could count on one hand the times I’ve taken the Schuylkill Expressway. The name alone is scary, you know? Somehow I’ve usually managed to avoid driving it. I used to joke that I would drive through the entire city of Philadelphia before I would get on the Schuylkill. And today I was forced to make that decision once again.
The maps app on my phone kept telling me to get on the Schuylkill, but I refused to listen to the voice of reason. After all, she didn’t know I had issues about it. So instead I found myself driving from one end of Philly to the other. And I must say I remembered well how to navigate around the city. Actually, I used to do it all the time, so I guess it’s really not that big of a deal. Anyway, I thought it might be a fun little adventure, driving through ‘hoods I hadn’t seen in years.
And it was fun for a bit, until I recalled that in Philly everyone double-parks and stops in the middle of the street for no apparent reason. And it seemed to take forever just to drive a couple of blocks.
My cruise down memory lane eventually turned into a white-knuckle drive. And the map app girl kept trying to get me to take the Schuylkill, but I wasn’t going to fall for her little ploy. When I realized that yelling at her would not do any good, I finally shut her down. She obviously didn’t want to take the scenic route along with me.
In the end, I found my way out of the city and back to Jersey. It was then that I realized some things never change, but that’s OK. Sometimes you just have to follow your own path.