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!