Mendacity and Red Eye Runs

Who among us has not experienced the “joy” of an early morning airport run? (insert sarcastic snort)

I have this fantasy that one day, airlines that set flights leaving anytime before 8am should provide complementary Uber or Lyft fare for their travelers because waking up at 4:30am to do an airport drop off for family and friends is reckless public endangerment.

Case in point, this week I had to make a run and I thought everything was cool until I realized that I’d been driving home on autopilot and was well on my way to the wrong town. 🤦🏾‍♀️ I’m a natural early riser and this still happened to me. 😂 Thank goodness I only live 15 minutes away from the airport.

Autopilot is a setting that many of us have built into our lives. It’s one of the ways we deal with mendacity. My autopilot mode is so good there are many times people wouldn’t even be able to detect that I’ve checked out on a conversation or task and have allowed my brain to wander off and puzzle over something or another.

I actively combat autopilot by switching up my routines on a regular basis. I know it drives the process oriented members of my inner circle crazy but I try to explain to them that if I don’t change things up, I can disconnect to the point of dangerous conditions.

Routine induced boredom is my kryptonite.

So if there are any among you who crave a predictable pattern of behavior from me…you may want to find a new pastime. As for me, there’s a good chance I will find myself rearranging furniture for no good reason at all today just because…

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit

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