I travel; sometimes a lot. I’ve gotten to and from airports in my own car, limos, taxi cabs, hotel shuttle buses, shared ride buses – you name it, I’ve done it. Recently in Chicago, I took the Red line to the Orange line which then got me to Midway airport. It’s not the first time I’ve taken a subway or elevated train and it won’t be the last. Every time I catch a train or a city bus I’m reminded how much I like the experience.
Humanize your day
I’m not saying you need to utilize public transit – Lord knows I seldom do. This post is more about not rushing from place to place, but instead enjoying the journey. For instance, yesterday while transferring from the Red line to the Orange line at the Roosevelt station, I got a bit confused. A fellow traveler (admittedly one more familiar with Chicago Transit) saw me looking up at the signs and asked where I was going. That small act of kindness not only got me back on my way but changed my attitude for the entire day.
Fastest isn’t always best
Sure, a cab may have gotten me to the airport quicker (debatable in Chicago traffic); but then I would have missed the opportunity to be the recipient of a small act of human kindness. For the rest of the day, I smiled more, held more doors open for others and generally went out of my way to be kind to those I encountered. It was all because I sought out a journey that involved more potential human interaction, not less.
So, next time you have to go somewhere (even just the store to pick a few things up), think about the route and mode of transportation you will utilize. Try mixing it up a bit. Your life will be richer for the experience. I promise.