Lessons from the bus on not-a-fun day
I should have known when this day started the bus ride was going to be difficult. My intuition would have been correct.
For starters, I had some intestinal discomfort. Sorry for the mental image. Then I made myself a gourmet (kind of) breakfast and sat down to eat. It was then that I looked, at my phone, to see a text from a friend that was coming to pick me up for breakfast. Crap!
I felt stupid for forgetting about the meeting. I felt a little nauseous for other reasons. Thankfully I have an understanding wife who gladly ate my breakfast while I got ready for my meeting.
Other than that, my morning was uneventful (except for the meeting) and even a little lazy. By now, it’s 11:30. Time to get ready for my bus, which is scheduled to pick me up between 12:00-12:30. Waiting on someone else for a ride is the worst. I’m too anxious to start doing something else. I don’t want to get distracted and make them wait. I don’t want them to leave without picking me up. I don’t want them to think I’m not at home.
After drinking a Coke for lunch, I convinced myself that I better use the restroom just one more time before the bus picked me up. So, I checked out front to make sure he wasn’t there. It’s currently 12:15 so I tried not to be concerned. As I’m saying the alphabet while washing my hands the doorbell rings. Immediately followed by a pounding on the door. Really? Do people with disabilities need that kind of service? Does anyone want that kind of service? Ugh.
So, I opened the door and asked if we will be riding alone to my work. He affirmed my question and said he would be waiting. I told him that I’d be coming out the garage in a minute.
Then, I asked the question. “Would you mind taking the interstate?” It was a hard “No. I’m already behind schedule. I just go the way the GPS tells me.” This is code for, “No! Shut up and get in your seat.” Thankfully he didn’t say that out loud.
The lesson I learned this morning is that you don’t always get to choose the route you take in life. There are some things that are out of your control. There are times you just need to be quiet and enjoy the ride.
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