The Good Fortune to Wait in Line at the DMV

It was one of those days when you know you have to keep your attitude and patience in balance. I had to get my driver’s license renewed. A trip to the DMV is no one’s idea of a great way to spend your time. I reapplied online, had the ‘confirmed’ list of identifications I needed to bring, and I was prepared to wait in line. And I waited, along with people from all over the county. There was a pretty clear process and it moved relatively quickly for the DMV. I left with a paper version of my license, the new one will be sent to me via the mail…in most likely thirty days.

When I left the line to get through the process was out the door, forming around the building, and it was beginning to rain. As I quickly ran to my car I realized that just when you think you are having a bad day, you see someone else who has it worse than you. Those people in line after me would wait hours upon hours to get their driver’s license, ugh!

There are things we all have to go through in life, no one is immune. Things like getting a driver’s license, or waiting in the Doctor’s office, or taking care of where we live. These are the necessary evils of being an adult, and yet none of us is guaranteed success. There are people who will never receive a driver’s license, either as a result of their poor choices, a medical condition, or they live in a place where they do not have a car. There are people who will never see a Doctor because they do not have insurance or do not believe in organized medicine. There are even those who do not have responsibility to take care of where they live because they do not have a place to live. So the things we have to go through to live this life also serve as reminders that not everyone has the good fortune to be able to wait in line at the DMV.

When I arrived home I gave thanks for the responsibilities and drudgeries of being an adult. I gave thanks that I do not have to go back to the DMV for another eight years. Sitting there refreshed my perspective, maybe that is one of the benefits of going to simply be reminded about how fortunate we are.

1 Comment

  1. I bring a stack of magazines, read all of them, and leave them for the poor souls whose numbers are exponentials of mine.


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