When you live in a beautiful city like London you are mostly reliant on Public Transport to get you from one place to another. No longer is it more convenient to jump in the car (unless you go shopping or 200 meters down the road in your local area) and head to wherever you need to be. Travelling in London Town on public transport during rush hour has become very stressful. But since I'm no longer a participant in this race, having qualified a few years ago for my 'Freedom Pass' (meaning FREE travel) I do love to go through town using the underground, buses and trains available.
A brilliant convenience, especially when I get carried away on my long runs and end up far from home. I just jump on the bus, relax knowing that I've achieved my goal for the day, maybe sipping on my energy drink and getting off 2 minutes from home. This, of course, would be the ideal scenario. And then life gets in the way, or rather London Transport has different plans. All change is the message, "all change this bus terminates here. Make sure you take all your belongings before you leave the bus".
What to do? No talk or complaining will change the situation. London Transport is not interested in the inconvenience it causes, neither in the plans, you have. You have no choice in this matter. Get off and wait for the next one. And then the next one is overcrowded, you can't get back on. The one after takes an eternity to arrive and then you encounter the same scenario as with the previous one. You're stuck unless you decide to move forward and start walking.
All too often in life, we find ourselves in the "all change" call, not looking for alternative choices we can make. I have learned that for every situation in life there is an ever-flowing supply of changes available. We all have a 'Freedom Pass' we can use. For most of us, this Freedom Pass is buried deep in our fears of what change may bring. Instead of making use of our FREEDOM of choice, we get stuck in the line for the bus.
Do you ever feel that way? And do you allow it to intimidate you to the extent that you resign yourself to the fact, that there is nothing you can do about a given situation but to stand still?
I must admit that after a good life with its ups and downs I nearly got nailed to the ground on this one. The voice in my head chatting incessantly that this is the way it's gonna be, nothing you can do about it.
Just one glimpse back to the past reminded me that 'life begins at change', that's all it took to silence that voice. One tiny step at a time I crawled and eventually climbed out of the hole.
I discovered that I had to make the choice, no one else could take my place. There is much more to my story, it has evolved into a healthy new me and the hope that I can live this healthy lifestyle into my older age.