A Picture A Story: Traffic Jam

Monday, December 15, 2014 |



It's an ocean of red lights. Red brake lights.

Your right leg goes to and fro between the accelerator and the brakes. You keep a hand on the wheel, just in case.

You sing along with the music playing through your car speakers, in that tiny space a concert is going on with no audience present.

You check your hair in the dashboard mirror, and not forgetting to give yourself a little wink when you're done.

You yawn from the lack of sleep last night, and the early morning routine you are still no used to even after so long.

You check your side mirror for any cars on the next lane and sneak into it, with the hope you could advance even a little bit faster, and further.

You unlock your phone and scroll through any social media you have. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, emails.... eating up the valueable internet data bit by bit like a morning feast.

You check Waze to see red lines flashing on every single road, and the multiple cars icon popping up everywhere you scroll to.

You steal glances at the built-in clock, counting down to the moment the numbers on your punch card would start to turn red.

Slowly, you move ahead.

And the next day, you repeat this all over again.


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Notes: 

A description of random things people do during a traffic jam. Perhaps I should add "You write a short story mentally in your mind as you observe the cars around you", since that is literally why this post was created.  

Malaysia's morning traffic jam is getting to the state where it is basically impossible to avoid it completely. I for one, spend 1 whole hour every morning just to go through a normally 20 minutes journey. Waste of time and waste of energy. But so far, there is really nothing that can be done about it. The amount of people are increasing, the amount of cars on the roads are increasing, and public transport is not that convenient to rely on.

As for now, this is just something we have to adapt to.

And I do rather enjoy my own little concert in the car. I rock to my own tunes. =P

S. 


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