It’s a really old ad now, but the Wimpy Day Maker Breakfast ad is one of my all time favourites. If you haven’t seen it, check out here.
As the ad follows a guy who seems to be having one of the best days of his life (thanks to his Wimpy Breakfast, obvs.), the narrator describes him as being ‘all tra la la in the traffic’. I really love that line. High 20 to the writer that came up with that gem!
I don’t think I know anyone who enjoys being stuck in traffic. I don’t really have to face the ‘traditional’ car-jam type traffic here in London, but we do have the London transport system, and let me tell you, THAT is a whole different circus to behold. When it works, it’s a dream. When it doesn’t… it’s pretty much a nightmare. Yesterday I hit the sweet spot of one of these nightmares and to cut a very long train-related story short, I ended up walking most of the way to work, and that’s when I started thinking about this ad again.
When I first watched it, I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to be the kind of person who is all “tra la la in the traffic”. What does that mean? Well to me it means not sweating the small stuff or the stuff you have no control over (like traffic or diverted trains). It means not letting those things ruin your whole day/week/life. It means trying to find the positive, or something enjoyable, in the situation.
For example, it sucks that it took me so long to get to work yesterday, but on the ‘tra la la’ side of things, I got to walk through the centre of this incredible city and enjoy being outdoors exploring parts of London I hadn’t necessarily explored before.
Now I’m not saying we should just be all happy-go-lucky-damn-the-world and not give a second thought to anything. I’m just saying that there are things in life like traffic, that are mundane and ordinary and boring. We really have no control over them, so we shouldn’t let them drive us mad.
I am the first to admit that I freak out over little things like this. I get frustrated when the trains are delayed or the ATM isn’t working properly. I constantly have to remind myself that there are not big deals in life and that they are not worth getting stressed about.
For the remainder of this week and the weekend I’m going to be making a much bigger effort to focus on the ‘tra la la’s and forget the sucky stuff. It’s so much more fun that way any way.
Join me? :)
Image: Sébastien Marchand. Unsplash.