Life Should Be A Controlled Skid

life should be a controlled skidLife should be a controlled skid – a little scary but also be able to reel things if you need to. I mean what are the other options, staying in the same path (groove or rut) or constantly careening out of control and ending up in a ditch.

Life Should Be A Controlled Skid

What do we do when we are driving and suddenly the car begins to spin and turns in a direction that we really don’t want it to go in? In most cases, we tend to over-correct which often just sends us in another unwanted direction and possibly even more out of control. If you are lucky, you can straighten things out eventually. If you are lucky…

On the other hand, if you stay in the slow-lane, never push it (life) in the curves, well, sure you are going to get to where you are going but did it spark your passion or raise your excitement or adrenaline any? Did you accomplish anything great?

Probably not.

When I was 20 and in Germany, I was driving home from our site back to the base in the middle of the night in a horrendous storm. The roads were completely snow covered and the visibility was down to about 75 feet. Taking it slow, I began to climb a hill and my little Opal Rekord slid out of control pushing me to the left as I found myself staring straight at the macht nichts pole over on the left – oncoming traffic – side of the road.

Not wanting to hit it, I pulled the wheel back to the right and of course began to skid in THAT direction headed straight for a macht nichts pole back on my side of the road. Before hitting it, I cranked the wheel back to the left… again skidding back to the left.

Keeping my wits together because I knew that if I did indeed wreck it could be hours or all night given the weather before someone found me I decided just to go with it… Each of the previous skids was rather in control, and if I could just bleed off a little of the skid with each turn I’d be okay and eventually the car would completely straighten out.

That is how I climbed most of that hill, in a controlled skid. I can’t tell you how many corrections I had to make from left to right until the car eventually headed true, there were many, but eventually I got it right. I can remember clearly telling myself that the skid wasn’t a problem just as long as I kept it on the road… that in fact, it was all perfectly okay…

But this little story is just an example of how life should be a controlled skid and when I think of that time nearly wrecking (but not) I often think that is what I want my life to feel like.

I want my goals to be big and scary and cause me to make mistakes along the way. Force me to swerve and to correct (to learn) as I make progress.

To never over-commit to one direction or one course of action; or to take on too much – too soon. That is only the path to failure and giving up because when we try to take on too many challenges, make too many changes, or to do it all instantly, we are soon to burn out or to give up.

Starting something too gung-ho can be a form of over-correction in and of itself, sending you right into a ditch and winding up stuck.

Live life completely out of control? Nah… but be willing to slide around a little bit, to feel a little out of control, more on the edge. Don’t wreck but don’t be afraid to put your foot on the gas some too.

Life should be a controlled skid and not just a straight-shot to the end…

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”Hunter S. Thompson

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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