I was driving on a highway recently and going along with traffic that may or may not have been travelling over the designated speed limit. All of the sudden I saw a cop car in the grassy median pointed at the oncoming traffic (me!). After I passed by I checked the mirror and sure enough the officer u-turned and came up quickly, lights flickering.
I can’t describe the feeling accurately except to say the nerves and ache of the upcoming encounter started in my brain and honest to goodness the warmth of this panic was felt all the way down to my legs. Literally, I felt a warm sensation in my shins at the thought of getting pulled over.
I moved over one lane to prepare for the shoulder of the highway and much to my full body relief, the cop went past me and just kept going. As literal as the warm feeling was that moved from the top of my head down to my ankles, the relief was just as real. I felt like dancing.
Have you had an experience like this? I guess I’d call it guilt washing over like an ocean wave, but then followed up by the cool refreshing shower after a dip in the ocean.
-Out of the Wilderness