My route to school varies depending on the day. On a good day, I am able to walk to the bus station down the street from my house and catch a bus that goes directly to my school. Although the route is almost an hour long during peak traffic, this route allows me time to relax and prepare for the day ahead with my headphones in. On a bad day, I realize I don’t have time to make it to my bus stop before the bus will come, and I have to drive ten minutes downtown to the bus terminal, where I can then catch a fifteen-minute bus to my campus. On a really awful day, I go to my bus stop only to have the bus fly past me as I’m walking, and then I have to turn around, get my car, drive to the bus terminal, and then take a bus route.
Of course, then there are days like today, where I miss my bus by mere seconds, drive to the bus terminal, get on my bus…and realize that I’m on the wrong bus. In my morning haze, I climbed onto the wrong bus. I not only wasted a bus token, but I also wasted 30 minutes that I could have spent in the library. If I had just taken the time to check what bus I was climbing onto, I would have saved myself a lot of grief. So what’s the moral of the story?
Don’t get so wrapped up in your own headspace that you miss what’s going on around you.