34 Thoughts We All Have On Public Transport

As someone who does not drive, I rely on public transport to travel pretty much anywhere that isn’t in walking distance.

Throughout my public transport travels, I have a lot of thoughts racing through my head. So, I thought I’d type them up and share a bit of a tongue-in-cheek account of my daily public transport endeavours.

  1. Let’s see how long I have to wait for the bus. Ahhh, running 14 minutes late, what a surprise.
  2. There’s a bus coming. Is that mine? Nope.
  3. Is that one my bus? Nope.
  4. What about that one? That has it be it. Nope.
  5. Once again, I’m going to be late. I should really learn to get the earlier bus so this doesn’t keep happening.
  6. Finally! It’s here!
  7. Why didn’t you take your opal card out while you were at the bus stop? Now we have to wait and hold up the entire bus for you to rummage through your bag.
  8. Damn, the bus has started moving and I haven’t sat down yet, okay then.
  9. I wonder if it’s ever possible to walk/stand on a moving bus without looking like a newborn giraffe?
  10. Why the f**k is this person sitting right next to me when the bus is practically empty with heaps of free space?
  11. Geez, I wish I had the energy of school kids, how are they so energetic at 8 in the morning? God, I feel old.
  12. Oh my goodness, this bus is full of teenagers. That means apart from the driver, I’m the only adult on this bus. That means if something happens I have to be the responsible one. I don’t like this.
  13. It feels like you’re speeding, bus driver.
  14. Oh, and pretty sure you just ran a red light…fantastic.
  15. I wonder if anyone can hear my music through my earphones? God, I hope not.
  16. A sad song is playing so I’m just gonna stare out the window and pretend I’m in an arty, moody music video.
  17. Shit, I just made accidental eye contact with someone, try to act natural.
  18. Time for another round of “let’s pretend to be really busy to avoid human interaction”.
  19. I swear I wouldn’t be like this if there were dogs on this bus. I’d be the first one to strike up a conversation with all the dogs.
  20. Omg how amazing would it be if the bus was full of dogs? Heaven.
  21. Lady, move your bag it doesn’t need a designated seat, someone else on this packed bus could sit there, ffs.
  22. Gotta love traffic, amirite?
  23. Is it normal to have road rage as a bus passenger?
  24. I wonder if anyone really pays attention to those “no food or drink” signs?
  25. Now I’m hungry.
  26. Okay, my thighs are touching the person’s next to me and I don’t know how to feel about it.
  27. Shit, I need to cough. But if I cough once, it’ll set off a coughing fit and I don’t think I’m prepared to deal with being that person on a packed bus *cue awkward clearing of throat instead*.
  28. What’s that noise? Oh, the guy behind me is snoring.
  29. At least that’s not as bad as the time someone behind me sneezed with so much force the driver probably felt it.
  30. I could really take a nap right now, but I don’t want to miss my stop.
  31. Okay, you’re nearly at your stop. About time. Press the button in 3, 2, 1…
  32. Shit, someone just got in and pressed it before me. Now my arm’s halfway in the air and I look like an idiot.
  33. “Thanks, driver”. Of course, my voice just cracked like a pre-pubescent boy. Great.
  34. Alright, made it through another trip on public transport. Now to do it all over again this afternoon. Can’t wait.

– Karen xx

2 thoughts on “34 Thoughts We All Have On Public Transport

  1. Haha this is so relatable; I too don’t drive so buses and trains have been my life since moving out! I get so anxious about missing my stop even though if I’ve done the route a million times and late buses/trains are all too familiar!x


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