Day 140: The Not So Subtle Universe
So today was quite the day for cosmic interruptions. Every once in a while I have a day where it feels like one minute I’m up and then the next down only to get right back up again. Today was one of those days. Take example A) for instance. I’m about to jump onto the 401 heading west to go to work and doesn’t my car decide to overheat. And when I say overheat, I mean needle in the red zone, the car beeping frantically at me to pull over. Which I had to do. It kind of felt bad ass to use the shoulder though, I can’t lie, but mostly just scary.
Now normally in stressful situations such as this, and truthfully there haven’t been too many of them, I go into survival mode. I realized that I needed to either try to wait for my car to cool down or get myself to a mechanic ASAP. So I waited a few minutes, while cars zoomed past me and then tentatively turned my engine back on. I believe that I got about 500 meters before my temperature gauge was back up where it had been, right along with my nerves. So I got off the highway and onto Keele street, sent out a plea to the Universe for the most benevolent outcome yet (cuz lord knows I needed one!) and made my way as far as I could, to the nearest gas station and called Midas. Long story short, I had a guy from the shop head down my way (very kind), add some coolant to my engine (extremely nice) and I finally was able to drive up the street to the shop from there with a lot less tension.
After a once over, the verdict was in: my car is a goner. Being that The Beast (which I lovingly dubbed it) is an older car and was bought at a public auction, which means that it came with its own set of “special needs”, it’s about time that it threw in the towel. There were far too many issues with the car to warrant repairing it, and at this point in my life I really don’t need a car, it’s more of a luxury. This just means that it’s back to the longer but far more environmentally friendly mass transit system for me. Kind of a godsend in disguise (I’m hoping.) I got extra lucky, because I’ve been to this particular Midas before, and the guy who owns it also just so happens to be one of the nicest people on the face of the planet, and only charged me $20 for topping off the fluids on my car, and urged me not to drive the Beast too far.
Most benevolent outcome indeed.
So, as this was all happening, I had to make a phone call to work and let them know that I would be late, something I hate to do, for obvious reasons. I like to work and I especially like working at WFM, so I really tried to move things along. So when I finally got onto the floor, only a half hour late thankfully, I received the first of two pieces of good news. The first being a minor one, but very nice regardless. One of my repeat customers, an elderly gentleman who consistently likes to come in and chat with me, had come by earlier hoping to see me, and upon not finding me, had bought and left me a bottle of water. Just a simple gesture, but very sweet and unexpected in the random, but makes you feel good, kind of way.
About an hour later my store team leader came over to me and handed me a little box. Inside it was the cutest little iPod Shuffle you ever did see. I was shocked to find out that I was one of 3 people to win one at our Holiday Christmas party and hadn’t heard when they’d announced it! Instead of just giving it away to someone else, it was held specially for me, which I gotta say, makes a sista feel good! What a nice little jolt of joy.
All I can say about all of these occurrences is that today was a very odd sort of day. But one that I’m glad for. Obviously receiving a discounted price on scary car trouble, a free bottle of water and an iPod shuffle are nice, but what’s really nice is in someway, even in the midst of feeling awful about my car, I was still able to see the silver lining peeking through. All of these weird instances have me thinking more broadly about the ideas of rampant Universal energy and how at times, they can all kind of run amok, and then all of a sudden align and smack you right in the forehead with a cosmic payout. Big or small, I’ll take what I get. And hope for an even better but just as awesome day tomorrow. You never know what can happen.
Like Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”