I saw the signs (but I really didn’t)

Today on the way to work I saw a sign for a NASCAR speedway. I have driven by this sign everyday for over a year and this was the first time I have seen it. How is it possible to not notice something that I pass everyday? It’s not like it’s a tiny building. It’s an actual speedway. The only reason I noticed it today was because a large Ford F350 was turning right into the lot but did the typical annoying complete stop before right thing before turning in so it caused all of the cars in front of it to have to stop too.

That got me thinking….how often do I completely blank out while I am driving? Sometimes I’ll be driving thinking I’m at exit 7 but I am really at exit 2 and I have no idea how I got there. I have no idea what songs I have been listening to or what thoughts were going through my brain or how fast or slow I was going.

Then I start to really become aware of my breathing and wonder if I had even been breathing during this time because I was so unaware of everything else around me. For someone who is always aware of her environment and every detail that surrounds me, it’s a bit alarming. Then I wonder if I was having an our of body experience and if that is something that could be real.  Was there another version of Laura controlling me while the real Laura was just taking a nap?

Then I start thinking about the Ace of Base song and I start singing that song and everything is better.

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