Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.
Day 29’s Topic: Transportation.
For a grand total of $1 American, I get to hitch a ride on a bus to any of the major areas in town, if you want to call them that, and it’s necessary for me when I need to be somewhere at certain times. I live high up on a hill that takes at least 40 minutes on foot to walk down to any store or place I would need to head toward.
If my landlord isn’t home, this leaves pretty much the bus as my only real option of getting to a destination within a reasonable amount of time. I’m not particularly lazy when it comes to walking down the hill or anything, as I actually do enjoy a good walk to clear the mind and whatnot.
It’s just that it’s winter here, and rather than dealing with all the cold weather, it’s just so much easier to yank out four quarters from my kitty bank (yes, I have a kitty bank) and wait at a bus stop than to hike around for literally hours of the day on foot.
I also quickly learned to get past that stupid stigma about people who ride the bus, with that stigma implying only losers/really sketchy individuals take the bus. For this town I am living in, anyway, that’s not the case.
People from all ages, whether rich or poor, hop along for a ride throughout the day. I have seen high school kids sit next to nurses who work at the hospital. I have seen average Joes and people in business suits.
Sometimes, it really is just a matter of convenience and nothing more. There shouldn’t be any real shame in taking the bus. Ever. Besides, I can also throw out there that the public transportation for this town I am living in is quite excellent. Very efficient.
It’s interesting. When I was a kid, I looked forward to the day when I could drive. Maybe it was because I just disliked taking the school bus for some reason. After all, driving means you have a sense of freedom. You can drive to and from places at your own leisure.
The day I could drive to high school on my own like a big boy was quite a personal accomplishment. But fast-forward to my current situation, and you will find that I don’t have a vehicle to call my own.
In short, it really sucks, but it’s just another obstacle to overcome. I suppose. Some may think that I am purposefully putting myself through this poverty-stricken challenge, but who would want that?
If you have access to any sort of car and you can afford it, don’t think less of it. It’s a big deal. If you have a car that can take you to point A to point B, you’re already in a better spot than I am. By many miles (literally.) I’ll have to consider buying a bike when the spring season rolls around, and biking would be good exercise at the very least.
But until then, it’s annoying not having my own wheels, but in certain ways I have learned to manage and cope with some of the inconveniences. I am always grateful for people who give me rides around town.
For instance, my landlord is a really nice lady. When she is heading to the grocery store, she offers to take me along so I can buy and bring back the stuff I need.
In a sense, I am just thankful my circumstances while being vehicle-less aren’t as bad as they could be. I have in fact hauled up bags of groceries up the hill during cold, and I mean freezing, winter nights. I can definitely do it, but it’s just so inefficient when a vehicle would make life so much simpler.
Heck, the other night, I literally had a whole pumpkin pie (it was on sale) fly out from of one of the grocery bags from a big gust of chilly wind. Half the pie went splat on the ground, and I ended up eating the other untainted half.
Basically, be appreciative if you have the means to drive around to any destination. Whether it’s picking up milk from the grocery store or completing an errand at the bank, having a car is one of those luxuries that people in the first world take for granted every single day.
For everyone else, especially someone like me, I have plenty of quarters in my kitty bank I can use for the bus.
“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction