I had no intention of ever riding public transportation again in my lifetime. As I remembered it, there were too many people traveling together at one time. I remember that there were people talking, people laughing, people coughing, people sneezing, people hacking, people pushing, people standing, people sitting, people people-ing and there were too many of them doing it all at once. I also remembered that I don’t like people.
How did I end up here? It occurred to me when my middle son went to college that I had less and less money in my pocket. Somewhere between his weekly request of “Can you put some money in my account” and “Can you add extra for the ATM fees” I needed to find a way to save some money. That is, save more money to send to the kid.
Given the pressure that I was suddenly under, it seemed like a palatable solution to my problem to take public transportation, aka the bus. I did the research on which route I would need to take, how long it would take for me to get there and I felt confident that I could do it. I did the math and realized that I could save a few hundred dollars a month just by changing how I commuted to work. Let’s just say, I felt inspired. Motivated, if you will. I decided to do it.
I considered the weather, changes in temperature, how many steps I could earn on the FitBit each day. I considered all of the important things. Armed with my backpack, earbuds, kindle, bus card, FitBit and gym shoes, I walked into it feeling accomplished…until I remembered there are people here. YIKES
I put on my big girl panties and decided, I am committed now, I must deal with it. It was kind of like running a marathon and deciding half way through that I couldn’t complete it. The realization that it would take just as long to go back to the starting point as it would to get to the finish line made me feel ridiculous.
I reminded myself that my goal in life is to inspire others…and I realized that I enjoy serving my community. It dawned on me that this could be one of my greatest challenges and what an opportunity for growth. Just kidding.
The “people” were irritating and lacked the professionalism required to participate in group transportation. I saw this as an opportunity to impart change by creating the Public Transportation Etiquette Manual. I will share this journey with you as I build the manual.
Stay tuned for the adventure.