Well, I was going to write a post entitled “I Have a Big Mouth,” which I think I will still write sometime, but I decided to write this one instead. Today I’m going to talk about riding the bus.
Public transit has a big stigma. I really surprises me how many people will ride public transit all over the world, but never in their home town.
I rode the bus for the first time alone when I was twelve. We were taking care of my aging grandma, who we couldn’t leave the house with. I took the bus to my dance lessons. I didn’t complain, because I knew my mother was doing the best she could. I didn’t have a cell phone, but neither did my parents. Sometimes it was scary, but I lived.
Riding the bus has never been my favorite thing to do, but it gave me freedom. I wasn’t completely reliant on others for rides anymore. I had the power to leave a situation of I was uncomfortable or scared.
After doing some traveling with friends in europe, public transit seemed much less taboo to me. All of my friends and I were riding transit together, no matter how well off they were back home. Even my rich friends had to walk sometimes. I thrived, because I had done so much of that already at home.
Most of the time, I really enjoy riding the bus now! It is more relaxing than driving. I love watching people, listening to music, and running into old friends. Bus riding is very physically taxing, but emotionally calming. Its the same route, the same people, the same automated messages. For so many people, its their rhythm, their routine.
I will always associate different bus lines with certain people or events. I was asked out on my first date on a 33 bus. I listened to endless Group 1 Crew and TobyMac while riding the 35. You get the idea.
In conclusion, riding the bus is still not my favorite thing. Sometimes I see people I don’t like; sometimes I get scared. Its a freedom and a responsibility. Its a gift and curse. But sometimes, its ok. Sometimes listening to early in the morning sitting on the bus and listening to that certain song while watching the city outside wake up is just what I need.
What do you think? What sort of stigma do you see public transit having? How do you think it varies from place to place? Don’t forget to pray for Sarah Evans and check out my new Facebook Page! Blessings to you all!