Life is like a highway.

I like driving and taking long showers I feel it gives my mind time to relax and also time to think. I was driving to a meeting the other day and I was stuck in traffic. Unlike most people, I don’t get that frustrated or upset while I’m stuck in traffic, I accept it for what it is and I realized a long time ago there isn’t much you can do about it. Sometimes I look over to the rest of my driving peers and I can see the frustration in their faces and the anxiety in their actions.

I started breaking down to myself the parallels of life and the highway. I came up with a few analogies and quotes I would like to share with you guys.

1. The highway signs we see above us which are meant to get us to our destination can be compared to the signs, commands or rules from God he left us to reach his destination. We often times ignore both signs (because we feel life we know our way) and get lost. Often times we don’t pay enough attention to the signs and end up taking the wrong turns and have to start our journey over again.

2. The highway is usually filled with other cars trying to get to a given destination at the same time as we are, which mounts up to traffic. For some people this is the most frustrating thing in the world. We sit back in our cars upset, frustrated and feel that we just aren’t going anywhere fast. How often in life do we feel like we are stuck in traffic? (Stuck in the same place) and we are just not going anywhere fast? Sometimes it’s your love life, your career, your friendships or religious beliefs that are just stuck in traffic. (The same place) and going nowhere fast.

3. On the highway the position we’re in, seems to be very important. Whenever we’re stuck in traffic we have the tendency to look at the other cars that are ahead of us in envy. We wish we were in their spot! How often do we look at our peers or even strangers and wish we had their spot? We wish we had their talent, girlfriend, boyfriend, career, clothes or life. We get bothered and say to ourselves I wish I were ahead of that guy or girl. These thoughts sometimes cause us to drive a little more recklessly to get to that spot, we inevitably cause accidents, cause traffic or make the drive a lot longer.

4. We often see people switching lanes on the highway trying to get ahead of everyone else. Just like in life most people do not stick to their lane. They switch jobs all the time, switch careers all the time, switch significant others all the time and wonder why they never get anywhere. I’ve learned driving on the highway, that most of the time if you stick in your lane and be patient you get to where you’re going in the right amount of time. Switching all the time gives you the impression your getting there quicker but in reality you are causing the traffic and continuously starting from the beginning again

5. You ever notice your neighbor leave his house before you and when you finally get on the highway you see him behind you? Maybe the opposite occurs when you leave your house before them and then you see them breeze past you? The highway is just like life; it gives you these little chances to pass others based on your driving strategy. We should never be envious of someone who gets a head start, you can always catch up or get ahead of him or her if you’re driving properly and pay attention to the signs.

6. Accidents do happen! Sometimes we’re doing everything right, we are minding our business, driving in our lane, paying attentions to the signs and bang! We get into an accident. I believe everything happens for a reason. No matter how well you are driving sometimes the people who are around you driving reckless crash into you and damaged your car or even kill you. The negative influences around you can be detrimental to your travels on the highway of life. Accidents that slow you up on the highway can be the obstacles that come up in life when everything is going great. How you deal in life when faced with those obstacles (like road blocks) will determine how quickly you get to your destination.

I can go on and on about all the parallels between life and the highway. Let me know your thoughts! And please share if you see any more parallels that I did not mention.


From the mind of Marcus Troy.




  1. 1 Lawrence December 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Yo man, I dig this!! You took an obvious parallel and made it apply to real life in a real simply way. Definitely enhanced my perspective for “my drive”.

  2. 2 lailayuile December 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Very well written. Brava!
    A view to be shared with all in order to obtain some perspective in life.

  3. 3 Marcus Troy December 11, 2008 at 3:40 am

    thanks guys for showing me love and posting up my words!

  4. 4 malcolm December 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    This is one great read, and it’s so true. I will apply this to my everyday schedule. M.

  5. 5 Chanel December 21, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Those analogies were so good and very true. It’s good that you were able to come up with those parallels.
    Great post.

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