Happiness Culture?

| June 6, 2017 | Reply

OK, I did it. Not sure why. Maybe a mid-life crisis move. I bought a Jeep Wrangler.

On my way off the lot, my friend (and salesman) Ray said, “You’re going to have a lot of people waving at you.” I told him that I already do. Then he explained the “Jeep Wave.”

“That’s stupid,” I thought to myself as I drove away. “I’m not going to participate.”

In the three years I owned an Acura RLX I only ever saw ONE other one on the road. I’m not a car enthusiast. I’m not one of those people who can identify every car on the road and recognize the make, model, and year. It’s just never been important to me.

But oh boy I’m noticing the Jeeps. In fact, every time I drive I see no fewer than five or six. They’re everywhere! And they wave!

I’m a waver by nature. Generally I’m smiling and waving to police officers, joggers, dog walkers, bikers you name it. So, finally I gave in and started waving at the other Jeeps. Suddenly, I feel a responsibility to watch for them so I can get a wave in. When I’m preoccupied and I get a wave I’m not ready for, I feel guilty having not returned the gesture. I almost want to turn around, chase them down, and apologize for messing up.

Geeze, they even have an official creed:

The Jeep Wave: An honor bestowed upon those drivers with the superior intelligence, taste, class, and discomfort tolerance to own the ultimate vehicle – the Jeep.

It’s a huge responsibility to drive a Jeep. Suddenly, even a simple joy ride has become a mission to spread good will, appreciation, and gratitude. Looking for things to be grateful for . . .

What a concept.

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