Breaking Habits

by Lesley on July 15, 2008 · 1 comment

in make-you-think

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?

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i LOVE public transportation for all of the reasons you just listed. re: the expensive part- have you looked into a bus pass? it might save you a few bucks. sometimes they even have weekly passes. i don't know about sacramento, though.i love that you ask, "how will my vote affect these people?" i think, that question alone, is the most important question to ask when voting. and this is why: because in the end, you and i are taken care of. we are privileged white people who have boot straps to pull ourselves up from. we could lose our jobs tomorrow and have someone to call for help. and we could get hurt tomorrow and have health insurance to cover us. my point: when we vote, helping ourselves is probably not the most beneficial thing for society as a whole. i'm not advocating that we don't help ourselves- i'm more saying that we shouldn't only think of ourselves. [duh, right?]public transportation makes me feel human. and vulnerable. and exposed.