How right you are, Chahta, ... I've see several accidents while driving a car, where one party never seemed to acknowlege the other person was there when they hit them, while running a red light. They zoned out and were probably driving while sleeping with their eyes open.
Ride your bike, your way, at your speed, for your reasons. Never let anyone else decide who, where, how and why you should ride.
Ride for the love of riding and nothing else and every trip will be an adventure and a memory to be relived over and over.