It’s amazing how breaking your habits can teach you new things about life.
Take for example, my new adventure riding the bus. I’m a typical white girl with a car (and a sweet bike), but I’ve put off riding the bus for a less than obvious reason–it’s expensive. $2 each way = $20 per week. You might think that sounds cheap but $80 a month to go 20 blocks seems ridiculous.
It’s very ridiculous if you’re blind and don’t have a job. Or if you’re 80 and don’t have a job. Or if you’re a single mom with three kids.
In the last week, I’ve had some time to observe the types of people who ride the bus. There are girls in summer skirts, like me. There are the two blind teens. There is the older woman with the handicapped baby. There are lots and lots of old people with canes and wheelchairs. There’s the lady juggling her two kids, groceries and stroller. There are sometimes business men and ladies in stilettos. All walks of life unable to hide in the confines of our cars. It’s a good way to realize we’re not the only one who exists in this world. There are a LOT of people with way less money than me, way more health problems, way more kids. And, I’m not even going through a bad section of town.
The bus makes me look at life with new perspective. How will my vote affect these people? How will my actions make them think about Jesus? If I’m writing e-mails the whole way home and zoning out on my i-pod, do I get to interact with them? Can I continue to ignore the fact that they exist?
Living in the city makes you think differently. How are you getting outside of your habits these days?