I loved to ride bumper cars at the arcade as a child.  We would go to the Myrtle Beach pavilion beside the Swamp Fox roller coaster in the summer and the bumper cars were always first on my list!  However, I didn’t ride them the same way as most folks.


I didn’t want to be bumped by another car.  I would ride around as far from the pack as possible, doing everything I could not to get bumped.  My efforts were of course futile and someone would inevitably catch me off guard, wham!  It made me so mad!!  And then there was always the bumper car bully that would drive around looking for that easy mark and slam into them as hard as possible.  The madder it made me, the more that bully would seem to stalk me.


But no matter how mad I got, it was all OK.  We all signed up for the ride and we would all laugh after it was over, but I never enjoyed it as much as I should have.  I was always too worried about getting hit from behind, blindsided by someone else that would destroy my balance, get inside my bubble.  Never mind that was the point of the ride, I fought against it every step of the way and before I knew it the ride was over.


See where I am going with this?


Life on this rock is just like bumper cars.  We all chose this ride.  We all knew at some point what we were in store for, we knew the rules and we “bought our ticket”.  We really did – if you don’t understand this, send me a message and we will dive head first into why this is so.


So what’s the problem?  Why are we getting so upset when someone else plays the game and hits us from behind?  Don’t get mad, just accept it for what it is and “keep on truckin”.  Yes, I am a child of the 70’s.


In life we get hit all the time.  People will get inside our bubble; bump us, squeeze us, knock us off balance.  Can’t be stopped.


So stop spending so much time obsessing over the fear of getting bumped.  It’s going to happen.  Don’t do what I did on the bumper car ride and squander your time worrying about what might happen.  All too soon the ride will be over and you will have missed it all.  Smile when you get bumped and remember it’s only a ride.


You signed up for it and perhaps, just maybe, simply remembering its only a game and that you can’t be harmed is why you got your ticket in the first place.


Now we are doing yoga….



Blair is the co-owner of Yoga Daily in Mt. Pleasant, SC.   He is a certified yoga instructor, recovering lawyer and a spiritual student.  The content of this blog is what Blair considers to be universal truths that span all dogma and religion and it is offered to you in Love and Light.  Check out The Daily Yogi for additional blog entries.  You can contact Blair at blair@yogadailymountpleasant.com.  Yoga is but one path to the knowing that we are all One.  Please take what resonates with you and leave the rest without judgment or offense.