New Route


I finally worked up the gumption to take the bus to work. If I’m honest with myself, I was procrastinating on doing it: once you get into a routine it’s difficult to want to change it, even if it means giving up two hours of every day to driving. I have myself the excuse that I was listening to my audio book and I didn’t want to lose my place, that it was safer to drive because of the fires, that I needed to drive to get to an after work appointment, that I needed the car to run errands… Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…

The biggest reason was that I knew taking the bus was going to take longer, and I was reluctant to take the plunge. I also felt certain that it was going to be crowded and a hassle. Cheaper, but a hassle.

Well, I finally took the plunge. I left the house at the time when I used to leave for my old job, knowing that it would be early enough to give me plenty of time. It feltjust like the old routine: familiar faces of other riders and a familiar driver. The new route was going to involve taking a bus to the end of the line and then catching a train to the heart of Hollywood. From there I could either take a shuttle or walk the rest of the way to the studio. I figured I’d walk. I figured I could use the bus ride to write, the train ride to read, and the walk to get so some fresh air and exercise.

I arrived onto the lot at nearly the exact same time that I would normally arrive by car, which meant the total travel time was only about twenty minutes longer than commuting by car, but I’d been able to use the time a lot more productively. Neither the bus nor the train was crowded. The walk was pleasant and quiet and shady. It’s been weeks since I’ve gone for a daily walk and I can really feel the difference in my body- it feels like a relief to get back to it.

And I found three pennies; which seems like a good sign.

The next test will be the return trip, of course: by evening the station at Hollywood and Vine is likely to be crowded, and the walk is likely to be dark, but I feel much more optimistic about incorporating this into my daily routine.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 15, 2019.

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