The reason I’m blogging about distractions is because the other day I was riding with my Manda and one of my aunts. My aunt decided to let Manda drive home and let me have the front seat while she rode in the back seat. Something about a county fair south of where I live came up and Eric Church was mentioned. So I went to look up to see who (besides Eric Church and Toby Keith) would be there this summer. I was pretty sure she had sent me a message about it on Facebook, kept scrolling up and up but never came across anything. So then I thought maybe she had texted the message to me, but since I had gotten a new phone less than a year ago, it only went back so far. Anyway, since I had been looking at my phone and had my head down, after I found the information I wanted to know, I looked up to see that we were in the left lane (which no big deal had it been a 4 lane road) and I’m like, “why are you driving on this side of the road?” Luckily there was no one in front of us or anything and I hadn’t seen anything in the right lane (the lane we were supposed to be on) So I was confused to as why we were on that side and her response was, “I’m passing someone.” I look again and still don’t see anyone and said something about that. Apparently the car was in what they call the “blind spot”.
That’s just one story of distraction coming into play. Now, I’m going to try to make this blog relate to my listeners/readers out there. I’m sure everyone’s heard the definition of “distraction,” but if not, it means someone or something takes your attention away from what you were doing; can be for a long time or just a short time. The amount of time doesn’t make a difference, a distraction’s a distraction no matter the length. Now how many of you will admit to having been distracted at least once at some point in their lifetime? Come on over there, you, the one who is listening and then something random pops into your head.
The first part is admitting it to yourself, but the next step is admitting it out loud. It’s ok, some of us get easily distracted with the slightest things, and others put on a good act of not showing they were/are distracted. You there, yes, you with the cd in your hand while reading this or even if you go to switch radio stations in your car as you’re driving. Some can do that very well, and others I’ve seen swerve a little this way then that while changing a station.
Or how about those of you who have cell phones? Sure they’re a great invention, but they can be very distracting, not just to yourself but to others around you. Think about if you are in with the doctor (yes, actually talking with the doctor and not just waiting to be seen) and your pocket or purse starts ringing, or worse yet, playing an inappropriate song. I’ve been in movie theaters where all of a sudden a phone starts ringing during a really good, important part of the movie even after the preview right before the movie shows a person answering a phone call. To you it may not be distracting but for others it is.
I’ve also witnessed people texting on their cell phones while driving. You can usually tell if someone’s on their phone, they tend to slow down then speed up or not pay attention to traffic laws or other traffic in general.
Distractions aren’t all bad though. You can have good distractions. Someone brings you a freshly baked cookie, causing a distraction from what you were doing, but a really enjoyable one. So everyone, go have a good distraction and laugh about it.
Until next time…..iowanchic