It is 6:15am and I am putting gas in my car on a small gas station between Mill Valley and Sausalito. As I am putting gas I am watching a large pickup truck that is towing a long boat. The truck is making a wide turn and is about to hit my car with the boat.
-Don’t spend your life like this.
I turn my head and I look at the man who spoke these words. He is standing next to me, smiling.
-He will either hit your car or he won’t.
-You look stressed. It does not matter if you stress out or not. What can you do?
-I can scream at him.
-He won’t hear you. He will either hit you or he won’t. Do not live your life like this. Do not stress out about things in your life.
-And if he hits me?
-You will enjoy a day off.
-I have to go to work anyway. I have too much to do.
-It is your choice. But you can take a day off and enjoy it while your car is being fixed.
I smile back.
-Do not spend your life like this, – he sits back in his car, a dark red BMW SUV, and disappears.
-You are right, – I say in to the air, and I keep seeing his happy face. And I smile.