Thursday, June 24, 2010

Zen and The Art of Getting Hit by Cars

I'm trying to take a more Zen approach to getting hit by cars while riding my bike. When someone yells at me while driving past, I do my best not to yell back. It's not worth getting wrapped up in someone else's bad day. Not yelling is easy enough, but fairly often I catch up to the offending driver at a red light or stop sign. I don't try to catch up, but the streets are short and the traffic is heavy -- it just happens. What's a suitable Zen way to behave in this situation? Ignoring them seems weak, and yelling back is exactly what I'm trying to avoid. I've settled on a middle ground where I just lean down about six inches from them and look in their car window. Most don't look back.

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