I was sitting in the car wash the other day and it dawned on me that life is just like a car wash.
As I was being jostled along by the automatic runner, the small bumps making the car inch forward I thought to myself is this what life is like. Some days you’re dirty, you have so much on your plate, you feel wrapped in ‘shit’ to put it bluntly and you have to just keep going. Keep working on the small things all while balancing the larger things.
You spend the day going through the motions and completing the never ending list …. wondering if you will ever get it all done.
Then some days feel like as you’re going over the bumps, being pulled along by life the wash cycle begins. This amazing smelling soap comes down on you and completely blocks your vision. Sometimes like a typical day….. while it smells good, I believe this is just masking the dirt and the stuff.
Soaking it before you attempt to tick it off!
Then before you know it you hear these massive turnstiles start up, the hundreds of cloths, spinning, come towards you.
It attacks from the front working its way down the sides, slowly spreading the ‘soap’ or stuff I liked to think.
Some of it being removed, some of it being smeared….. hoping that the rinse cycle may be enough to remove it!
However, you just keep being pushed forward, you’re not allowed to stop, or use the brake. You have no choice but to keep moving forward.
A bit like life really.
Before you know it the rinse cycle begins and the stuff that was once there slips away into the drain. Most of the dirt being taken with it. The light begins to stream in the windows and you can see again.
Then the dry cycle begins and you watch the small droplets of what’s left scurry in every direction. Most fly off into oblivion, never to be seen again. The strong ones and the few that hang on remain.
You sit there wondering about the bits that were missed and think to yourself, I should have washed it myself!
However you drive out and the man comes along to shammy the car. The last ditch effort to remove all the stuff…
Again you sit and watch as there are spots missed…… you will never be able to completely tick off your to do list or complete everything you need or want to do. That’s just not living!
Life is like a car wash….. we can’t stop it, slow it down or even speed it up! We will never be without a to do list and never without dirt.
Some days may feel like we can’t see through the dirt or it is so smeared we may never get it all off …….but…..we rinse off, dry off and keep going.
We really don’t have a choice.
You put the car in drive, the door on the accelerator and smile to yourself now that it’s so shiny and so clean…….
Then it rains!
Life truly is like a car wash!!