I own a Jeep and there is a tradition among Jeep owners to wave to one another when we pass each other on the highway. Â I don’t know many of these people, if any at all, but what brings us together is a love for a vehicle in which many of usÂ express our lifestyle. Â Mine is more off-roader than daily driver. Â Some people prefer something to cruise in and turn up the radio with the top down. Â Maybe for some it is simply a long-time dream to own a Jeep. Â In any case, I wave at all the Jeeps that come my way and even if the drivers or passengersÂ don’t wave back, I am upholding my end of the tradition.
It is assumed then, that as a fellow Jeep owner, you have bought into the tradition. Â For some, they won’t wave unless your Jeep is modified. These people assume that if you haven’t done anything other thanÂ buy a Jeep, you aren’t worthy of a wave. Â Maybe I should only wave at red Jeeps or lifted Jeeps, but I don’t discriminate- you are part of my worldÂ and I acknowledge it. Â I am also aware that some people who drive Jeeps aren’t very nice people. Â I wouldn’t necessarily know- I’m just passing them on the road. But I make the assumption they are with me and I wave.
I’m a member of other cultures and I acknowledge them as well. Â This morning at breakfast, I sawÂ someone with a fire department shirt and asked him if he was on the job (he was). Â I see someone walking their dog while I walk my own dog, and I acknowledge them. Â I’m not deciding on their worth as a human, I’m just being nice, sharing what a great day it is, or recognizing they are putting it on the line like I am.
Maybe its time for people to stop looking at the categorization of others and consider we are all human and all members of a club. Â We should be a little less angry and a little more patient. Â We should not react to what the media prods us into believing, but assume the real story is not completely uncovered yet. Â We should all allow for the fact that we are all fallible and we all make mistakes.
Even if it is just for an hour a day, we have to reverse where we are right now. The noise is just way too high right now and people are getting killed over it. Â Before reacting, let’s all step back from the edge and think about where that next step is going to take us before we launch into someone. Â I’m as bad as everyone else- I’m going to try. Â Let’s try together.