Monday, September 26, 2011

Life is an adventure

Riding the train was a step outside of my comfort zone today and better yet I survived to write about the experience.

The ironic thing is I was coming up with all sorts of excuses of why I wouldn't do it today and I wasn't concerned that I might be letting myself down, but the thought of letting any of you down when I said I would do something, well that was a different thing.

You don't need to tell me that you didn't care either way because this was the skewed view in my mind.

So I stepped outside of my comfort zone (I could count on one hand the number of times I've ridden the train in 39 years and none of them were in the last 20 years) It was all about new experiences and not all enjoyable ones, but at least I can speak with knowledge of the adventure.

The morning ride was crowded beyond belief and was by no means conducive with writing, reading or perhaps even breathing. My biggest mistake was sitting in a seat facing backwards which means I felt queasy most of the ride. I was too anxious to get on and in a seat, to do any practical planning. Gees how sad does that sound.

I then had to get off that train in the city and then get on another one to my workplace which is only one stop out in another direction. All a learning curve, but no major slip ups and the whole journey took about 50 minutes. However, based on that ride alone I would never have got on another train again.

The ride home, which I spent most of the day dreading, was not so bad at all. It wasn't as crowded or unbearable and was much better once I was facing the right way - despite what anyone may say about it making a difference. I was actually annoyed that I didn't have my laptop for the journey home (I left it at work to avoid extra baggage for the journey home)

So I've completed a challenge on my 101 in 1001 (train ride to work) - but I'll save my full update for my once a week post. I'm also thinking of new things for my list - so I'd really like to add 5 lots of 'stepping outside my comfort zone' challenges, because this really made me feel uncomfortable and I think we all need to do something other than what we're comfortable with to shake us up occasionally.

Also to the really well groomed man in a suit who rubbed his eyes, picked his nose, scratched the inside of his ear and then smelt his fingers - I was watching and that classic look on your face when you realised I was watching you - well that made the whole train ride worth it. People like you make the most unbelievably good story characters.

My adventure and I survived - I'm feeling happy instead of irritated tonight which was half the reason for trying this.

Cheers to all of you, Fi

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic


  1. Well done Love - I'm proud of you! I remember one train ride Dad & I did from Conneticut into New York City in the morning peak hour a few years back - not a single person smiled on the whole journey!

    Yes, important point to always face forward - it does make a huge difference!


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