So yesterday on my way to work, I was just cruising along the Cumberland highway in the middle lane minding my own business focusing on my riding. Mind you this is one of the first times I've been on a proper highway since I've gotten back on the bike (currently on my Ls). When Out of the corner of my eye I notice the car that's just to the left begin to merge (quite a bright red I should of noticed earlier). I automatically floated towards the right of my lane and backed off to let them in whilst shaking my own head in annoyance (this could of gone wrong pretty quickly as I was by this point right next to a car to my right and a large ute in front). Then suddenly I realize the driver actually saw me and stopped the merge and quickly returned to the her original lane. Meanwhile I'm planning to ride up and give her the dirtiest look I can muster. Just as a reach her driver side window, deathly gaze all set and ready I see her wind down her window and yell out.. "I'M SO SORRY!!" The sheer look on her pale face told me she really genuinely felt bad about not seeing me. Almost feeling puzzled that a cager would apologize I realized; I myself had begun stereotyping cars as "the enemy"; in what is likely the same way cars stereotype buses as road hogs and trucks as dangerous drivers. In this split moment I realized no one really sets out to be a "dick" and sometimes accidents just happen, regardless of fault. From this single experience I thought to myself tolerance (in any aspect of life really) is so important and blaming and stereotyping really doesn't help anyone (especially when you ride because you're the one who usually ends up in hospital). Instead of just blaming the driver I thought to myself; what could I have done to prevent this, I must of been in her blind spot for her not to of seen me in the first place. Perhaps I can be more careful next time and to make sure I keep staying alert whenever I use the road not just when riding (my regular commute is a car after all). I realized the road is there to share and things will always go a lot more smoothly if we respect other road users and take things just a little easier. After all everyone has bad days and we're only human. No one really knows what someone else might be going through. Perhaps that cager racing through traffic is trying to reach their dying parent or that huge semi is just trying to meet deadlines to support his family. Nevertheless we're all stuck on this planet together and tolerance might not be the key but it's a damn good start.