When I was in college, I used public transportation to get around. Usually, it was bearable until you were out in the college on a random morning waiting for the bus that was 10 minutes late. When it was 30 degrees and that “Silver Loop” bus would swing around the corner, my freaking nostrils would flare like a kid whose turn was up for a game.
Anyway, sometimes, the bus would take FOR-EVER. If I could insert a visual, I would have someone repeating this in slow motion over and over. I think something like that comes out in The Sandlot. Anyway, as I was saying, sometimes it would take forever and I started playing this game with my friend Fernanda to ease the pain of the delayed “Magic Bus”. It all happened so fast and it’s something that I was always back to now. We were just sitting there and the board said the bus was due in 3 minutes.
And I said to Fernanda…forget about these painful three minutes, what are other things that take 3 that are more painful than this?
And so we began making a list of things we’d experienced and things we’d imagine being worse than the present.
The three minutes before someone comes to pick you up before going out.
The three minutes before you get to go to the bathroom.
The three minutes before your food arrives and you’re about to eat your hand.
The three minutes before you want to run out of class.
The three minutes before a pregnancy test.
The three minutes before you find out about an offer.
The three minutes you are stuck in the rain before a elegant event. (While you attempt to cover your hair!)
We went on and on until suddenly we realized, the bus had arrived.
So ladies and gentlemen, sometimes we really do need to focus on what could be worse than the inevitable discomfort that life sometimes brings. We’re all going to have to wait for the bus someday and it might even be in the rain. Some things just are and there’s not much sanity in fighting the rain. Know what I’m saying?