The joys of getting old – Driving…

So, as if it’s not bad enough ageing brings forward the inevitability of dying sooner than expected, we also have to deal with any number of outrageous natural causes trying to finish us off as well as everything else.

On top of accidental causes, stupidity and well, the ‘human’ factor, we also have global factors and sod’s law to deal with. Despite all this, it seems many of us will continue to tempt fate with every opportunity possible before we are happy to let nature take its course – and yet we do so happily.

With people ever pursuing new ways of feeling younger its no wonder we expect to meet our maker sooner than planned, however taking a trip to the bank is not something that we should be wary of, is it…?

*Parking just doesn't get any easier...

"Just say when to stop dear..."

The picture featured says a lot. Not that I’m age-ist but there is a common factor in that getting older that makes us less capable of…well, everything!

I’m relatively ok with getting old as it happens to us all and there’s nothing we can do about it however many of the people I know who are getting about shouldn’t be allowed to drive at any age let alone when they are old.

I gave up driving when I came to Greece, you have to. It’s the best alternative to sanity or keeping some of it at least. If I chose to drive here there’d just be one more maniac on the roads however, one who was actually trying to run people over within the confines of the rules of the road at least.

Coming to Greece teaches you to forget what your taught about driving, parking, and well – laws in general, however it’s not that Greeks are bad drivers, they have adapted into a symbiotic entity that navigates through a semi coherent system of anarchy which in the rest of the world we would call ‘a traffic system’.

Each and everyday I marvel at the sight of cars bikes and everything else in between battling for supremacy on the streets, pavements and any other piece of land that open warfare can be fought.
Years ago Mad Max was made, based in a world where people fought for survival amid hot arid landscapes, trading fuel and trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world whereby those who dared the most ruled supreme.

Now it’s called Athens!

It’s not quite post apocalyptic yet but there is definitely still time due to the current Government reforms that are set to cripple each and every one of us slowly but in all fairness, it’s a controlled anarchy which after much observation proves just how well some Greeks can drive.

Greece is about the only place in the world where you can see people park cars into spaces smaller than their actual cars, regularly and without any realisation of what they have done. Likewise, you also see people abandon vehicles in a manner that suggests the end of the world also nigh.

Bikes, vans and lorries could probably be manipulated into people’s front rooms if they so chose as parking is so bad here, however all credit to everyone, I still haven’t seen anyone hang a Mercedes out of a seven story building yet! If they did I’d hope it would be the Parliament buildings and that it would have at least several members of Parliament hanging onto the bumper too…

Whereas in America they have the luxury of having parking spaces, here in Athens you’d be able to get at least several vehicles hanging out of the same hole. It’s a prime requisite here to maximise space.

So, getting old.

Age, wisdom, experience are all common elements acquired through time in making us all believe that we are smarter and better prepared for life in general, however there is a small part in each of us which I will appropriately call the ‘numpty’ factor, which relentlessly strives to prevent common sense being used efficiently, or which allows such pictures to be taken.

It’s not that getting old makes us useless, it just makes us fair game. If you do something stupid or accidental when your young it’s generally considered ok, you’ll learn from it and people seem to have more understanding.

When you hang your Car out of a building by accidentally pressing the accelerator instead of the brake it opens up a new dawn of realisation that friends, family and people who maybe don’t know you will remember for a long time to come. Age WILL suddenly become a small but significant factor in the conversation.

I know I wouldn’t get in a car with this guy no matter how good behind the wheel he was. Previous driving instructor, ex cop, Limo driver, NASA Pilot – I’ll walk thanks, and when you come to parking I’d sooner risk the Ejector seat…!

Don’t get me wrong, 67 isn’t an old age by any standards, for anything – however this did remind me of a number of people (who shall remain nameless), who were or still are driving not so long back to my knowledge despite vision, reflexes and a multitude of other factors trying to ensure that everyone within a 50 ft radius might die at any given time.

I’m sure if I make 67 I’ll still want my right to run people over and abuse the world in any way befitting me however in an ever increasingly un politically correct world, I’m sure it won’t be long before technology manages to enable safety features to prevent such occurrences from happening, which will be a real shame.

Apart from the comedy photo and the priceless Insurance claim this guy now has to fill in, it provides a small bundle of joy for so many. Lets face it, misfortune happens to each and every one of us and in many ways, it’s those times whereby we appreciate life that little more for whatever reason.

I’m sure this guy will have the best coffee that day, will sleep the best nights sleep ever, and will hopefully never drive again!

– “Call it an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything…”

It’s not my quote, I just like it and sure I know I’ll have it thrown against me for sure when I get older but hopefully by then I’ll be too old to care, deaf or not realise who the f*ck you are telling me something I don’t understand anyway…

(*Image by unknown source)


About Simon Rawicz

Hmmm, It is about me I suppose... Work hard die young seems to be the motto life's going to write on my coffin well before we agree on terms and conditions. I'm a 2D/3D Artist/Designer and Multi-media specialist by trade, I play guitar and write songs when I'm not wanting to vent my anger out on the system. If I occasionally do get time to do anything else I'd like to know about it... Meanwhile to free my mind of the many demons that stalk me, I write stuff, your reading it so I don't need to tell you any more than that surely...!
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