300 Writing Prompts: #52

“What traffic sign best reflects your life right now?”

P1040342Yield: To surrender or submit.

I see those red and white signs, and I can’t help wanting to plow right through, whether or not anyone is waiting at the intersection. You know why? Because I hate having to give in to someone else. I feel like such a failure when I do that, even if I know they’ve got better ideas than I do, or they have more experience, or that they’re just RIGHT and I’m wrong. I think it comes from an upbringing that centered on humility, and this is still part of the rebellion against that way of thinking.

But years have passed, and I’ve gotten older, and even though I still feel that way when I see those Yield signs I do yield. I do give in to someone who has a superior claim, who is better or positioned better than I am. I still hate it, but at least now I can analyze it so much better than I was able to way back when I first started driving, when I first began feeling like things just weren’t fair any time I yielded to someone else.

So why do I feel that the Yield sign best reflects my life right now? Because I think I’ve been doing a lot more of that than ever before, that I’ve gotten more comfortable understanding what’s best and giving myself over to it, whatever it is. I think it’s a reflection of my growth, that I can see and appreciate when I’m not the authority on every single subject anymore. Does it happen all the time? No. But a seismic shift has begun, and that’s progress.

What traffic sign best reflects YOUR life right now?

Sam

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