Musings of a Confused Soul

Parking Space Saga

Having a one-track mind or being habitual may be a good thing when you are focusing on something that you already have the answer to and when you need to implement a related task. But in general, being habitual can be a deterrent in progressing as a human being. I have a funny story on this one.

At my current company, I have been working for 7 years. Ever since I started my job here, I have been parking my car in the same space for the past 7 years as a habit. Because of it, I got so used to it and I became territorial when it came to my parking space at work. The funny thing was almost everyone who knows me, knows that I park my car always in the same place so they cannot even think about parking it there. Even if I am late in arriving, my space was still there.

However, about 3 months back some other employee who happened to be new has invaded my parking space. The very first day, I saw a car in my space from far, I got so mad. My blood pressure increased, my muscles became tight on my fists. I said this out loud in my car ‘What the heck? Who parked in my space? Don’t they know that is my space?” I was crazy mad.

I parked in another space while jerking my car! Got down and went to that car and looked with an angry face as if I was looking at a person. Boy, can you imagine…if that person were in that car at that moment…he would have been gone ‘poof’ with just my extremely angry look.

From there I walked so fast as if I was going to hit someone and went to the security guard and said, “Did you see someone parked in my space?” She said “Yeah I saw that I think he is new to this office he was working at van Nuys and now started here. He works in claims”…blah blah blah…”. I was thinking ‘who the hell cares where he is working before and where he works now? He had no right to park in my space.’ But then she said, “ I will let him know that it was your space”.

Then it hit me! Wait a minute…She can’t do that. It was not a reserved space, to begin with. I just happened to park it there for the past 7 years which, does not mean others cannot park. So immediately I woke up from my convoluted thinking. I said to her “oh no. Don’t do that. It is not like that was reserved for me”. Of course…inside my brain I was so happy she said that, but couldn’t let her do it though! So after that, I went inside and forgot about it.

And the next day came. I was on time and did not even think about it until I was reaching close to the office, suddenly my heart rate went up with the thought ‘ I really hope that guy did not park in my space….” I was speeding while I was closing in. then I saw the car again…Once again I was so mad!!

I said to the security guard…I can’t believe he parked it there again. I am actually a few minutes early…” She said with a joking tone “Just hit him on his head and tell him not to park there”. I laughed and she laughed. I forgot about it again.

The third day, I was driving and suddenly while still halfway through, I remembered about my parking space. I started to speed up and want to be there before that guy parked. I reached before him. Yay!!! While gritting my teeth, I said: “ Don’t you ever think about parking in my space, ever”. As if he can hear me. LOL!

Bottom line this parking space saga went on for 2 and ahalf months. I was getting stressed out and it was showing on my face. Just kidding! My face is like that anyway.

During this time what I have learned was worth it.

All the times I had to park in a different space, I was able to go for shopping or eat somewhere by driving my car during lunch time, etc.. and I actually enjoyed it instead of sitting in my car and look at my cell phone or stare at a tree or a garbage section in front of the space while I munch on junk food.

I felt, I was free to do what I want to do. Before, I did not want to take my car out because I did not want to lose my space. Now I know, no matter what I still have a space to park and I can also enjoy my life for that day without feeling as if my hands are tied. I started to look at life with a different perspective.

No more like a horse with the blinders on. No more bickering about insignificant things in life. Life is too short not to have fun while you can. Enjoy it. I am.


30.05.2019 01:25

Kim Selbert

Enjoyed your story and liked the ending best of all. It is true that sometimes the best learning comes when you are challenged by circumstances you didn’t anticipate.

30.05.2019 01:52


Hi Kim, so true! We all go through these angry, disturbing, confused, yet...funny experiences.