As most of you know I don’t drive . I guess I could if I needed to I just haven’t found the need to.
I’ve always used public transport and have lived in areas close to all the amenities I’ve needed.
People ask if I’m restricted the answer is no!
I love walking and if left to my own devices would walk for hours.
Often the only problem is that I walk to far forgetting that I need to turn back 😂🤣
Walking and running for me are a source of relaxation. A time to think and reflect. I’m able to solve my problems, think of new ideas and draft wondrous stories in the quiet of my own space.
I also love catching the bus. It’s social and always exciting. There’s bound to be someone new who strikes up a conversation , someone new to connect with or someone hilarious making the journey fun.
Today as I walked home from dropping my bear off at school it struck me at how friendly people are at 7.15am.
Bear and I will often greet and chat to the people we pass or walk behind on our journey. We have a few regulars the two Chinese ladies with scarves around their mouths who exercise at that time, the old man taking his dogs for a walk, that bunch of school boys who love to greet Bear, the pregnant first time mommy who asks a question each morning, the single dad getting his little boy to school and the homeless man who sleeps at the corner of the bus stop.
My only conclusion is that exercise is a great mood enhancer so having to walk , breathe in fresh air and start your day awake puts you in a good mood.
I also noticed how even those walking and using public transport didn’t look rushed. My opinion is because you know how long it takes to get there you mentally prepare and leave home earlier giving yourself time to arrive early.
The other thing I noticed (from months of early traffic trips to work) is that commuters in cars are rushed. They impatiently wait in queues of traffic, hurriedly gulp down coffee and breakfast in the car, stop to do makeup at robots and try to rush other tasks before finally arriving at work.
To add to their already rushed, anxious morning full of frustrations are the bad drivers, accidents and taxis.
There’s no time for quiet reflection. No time to admire the scenery around them. To stop and point out a flower to your child. No time to gather your thoughts calmly or to get more organised.
It is a rare sight to find a friendly smiling driver in the morning traffic.
So for now I’ll stick to using my feet to take long walks and standing in the bus queues joking with the other commuters. I’ll enjoy pointing out nature to my bear and breathing in the fresh salty air.
For now I’ll let people look at me aghast and pity my walking. 🌻