Murphy’s Law

“If anything can go wrong, it will.”

Probably, the best well known one of Murphy’s Law. I’m sure many of you have experienced this law first hand, at one point in your life. This law governs everything on this blue planet and it never fails.

Today, I had to go with my friend to work because I had to take his car back so his wife can use it for her road test. We were supposed to leave my house around 6:00am. I woke up around 6:00am, expecting a call from him but nothing. Around 6:30am, I gave him a call, only to get the answering machine. Five minutes later, he calls to say he’s rushing out now. He gets to my house within a few minutes and we take off.

He speeds down the street at like, 100km/h in a 50km/h zone where there are minor constructions taking place. He drives like this all the way to work. No matter how much I tell to take it easy, he doesn’t seem to hear it, maybe the radio was on a bit too loud.

Once we hit the highway, Murphy’s Law comes into effect. You can guarantee that when you’re in a rush on the highway, there is bound to be an accident somewhere down the road, just pray that you are not the one in the accident.

Traffic is slow as soon as we merge with the 403 Eastbound to Toronto. Sure enough, there was an accident that blocked the right lane. We managed to avoid that. Later on, down the road, we merge with the QEW and some idiot wants to switch lanes into the slow lane. To the right are cars that are merging into the QEW because their lane is about to end and she, yes it was a woman of course, decided to cut them off. The cars that are merging have nowhere else to go because their lane is going to end in about 10 meters. She turns in while another car tries to merge. Luckily, she managed to switch back to her lane and avoided an accident. All the better, because all this was happening right in front of us and my friend can’t afford to be stuck in an accident because he’s got to get to work in 10 minutes.

My friend switches over to the fast lane. Again, Murphy’s law comes into play. The fast lane is for people who are going fast, makes sense right? We’re going 100km/h behind some guy. Average speed on the highway is 100km/h, the guy in front of us wasn’t going fast, he was going at a normal rate. Everyone on the highway should know by now that, if you are driving and there is another car right on your ass, switch lanes because the guy that’s on your ass isn’t going to do it. One way to prevent accidents from happening is to let the crazy drivers pass you because there is no knowing what they will do. It’s easier to just switch over to your right, let him pass and then switch back.

Further down the road, there is another traffic blocking the left lanes now. Because my friend is driving like a maniac, I’m scared that the next one might be us so I reach over for my seatbelt. I never wear my seatbelts when I’m riding in the back. There are few more traffic jams on the way but that didn’t stop my friend from still driving like a crazy. He finds a gap in the traffic and manages to cut through to the exiting lane. We exit the highway and we run into a traffic light that stays red for about two minutes. The two minutes wasn’t bad because there was a blonde in the next lane that was very attractive. In a hectic world where chaos is everywhere, somehow something as subtle as this manages to weave its way into existent.

But anyways, my friend manages to get to work just in time. After all that, in the end, I didn’t think he had to rush. During our trip, he rarely went over 100km/h, there was just no room on the highway for him to hit any speed above that. The way I see it, if you are in a rush, don’t be, because there is just no reason you for you to be in such a hurry. If you are late for something because you slept in, there’s not much you can do to get back the time you loss. If you have to be somewhere at a certain time and you’re going to be late, just give them a call and let them know. But if you’re running late and it’s only your second week on the job, the least you can do is pray. As for me, I take it as it is and I don’t let it worry me.