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I'm so thankful - for the subway?!?


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

What a great way to start the day - being thankful!

Living and working in NYC, I usually start my day being pissed off and annoyed at the freaks on the subway that ride in with me so early in the morning. Some of them smell, some look at me funny, some refuse to take their feet/bags/six-packs off of the seat next to them so that I (or someone else) can sit down, etc. Oh the joys of commuting via subway. HowI miss the days of living on Long Island and commuting in my car, with my own thoughts, music, NO bad odors, etc. T hank goodness I have an Ipod that I use to blast the strange ones out of my consciousness. It really is a survival tool at this point. I've left my apartment in the morning and hit the train, and then gone right back home to get my Ipod if I've forgotten it. I just won't ride the train without it.

And then there's today! Smooth ride, but I'm always waiting for the shoe to drop, or the passenger to drop - I've seen a guy collapse on the train like a bag of bricks, ending up with his head on my foot. Today was quiet, but I'm very distrustful of my fellow passengers, and it results in constant, low-level stress. I need to rethink my commute, approach it differently.

Instead, I need to think about being thankful that I am able-bodied, working and motivated enough to be up early and going to the gym. I should also chill out and "thank" my fellow riders - they are weird but they are generally well-behaved and pretty sleepy that early in the morning (4:30-5:00am), actually, which makes for a mellow ride most mornings. :) The majority of them are every day people like me, up early to get the day started, tired but purposeful and in the zone. I'm not so different from them. Except for the smells of course.

Sometimes it's all about reframing one's thoughts, and if I take the time to poke around the site, SP helps me do that most days. So, thanks SP and everyone here. Have a gorgeous day, and happy commuting!
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WENDYBEAR1 11/30/2009 4:02PM

    I am moving to NYC next June, and I'm really looking forward to good public transit. I've gotten immediately spoiled each time I've visited by the lack of need for a car.

Having been stranded a few too many times due to car trouble or traffic, I am quite ready to trade my car in for an iPod.

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HOPE4METOO 11/13/2009 9:15AM

    HI - I am a fellow rider..I am on the 2/3 train every morning, after taking the LIRR (never that early) It does have a certain aroma! Looks like a LI home in your picture - I am from Deer Park (not the area in the picture - that's for sure) Must be nice living in the city and not having to add the LIRR commute too. Keep up the good work - you look great

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/5/2009 11:21AM

    Commuting is such an amazing activity - really reminds you or the "everyman" out there and helps keep you in tune with the pulse of the city. I actually miss commuting, I loved having all that time with my own thoughts, when I could write or just zone out and look out the window, people watch, and wake up slowly. Now I sit in my car in traffic for a minimum of an hour each day. I HATE SITTING IN TRAFFIC! I did hate it when you are all freaked you are going to miss your train though, that I don't miss!




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FAMILYTRADITION 10/19/2009 4:13PM

    It's amazing how redirecting your thoughts can really change your day! I'm glad you are in a positive mindset now :)

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KANSASC 10/7/2009 1:37PM

    I am going to have to echo the below comment. I am from a small town in KY. I have been on a subway twice in my life. Once in St Louis... and once in Madrid. The St Louis train had your token "crazy bag lady" talking to herself and proclaiming the end of the world. Lucky me! Then in Madrid... they were all speaking in a foreign language so of course I was a little stressed! LOL! Sounds like your mornings are very eventful... even on a "mellow" day :)

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HIPPICHICK1 10/7/2009 9:53AM

    Wow. The NYC subway doesn't sound very "normal rider friendly." Personally I've only been on a subway twice in my entire life - once in NYC and once in Montreal, but I used to take the bus everywhere when I lived in another city so I DO understand about the undesired. However waking up thankful is definitely a great feeling and I hope it continues throughout your day.
Many blessings.

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