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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
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Published March 15th 2015
What can you do when you're stuck waiting
waiting for transport
waiting for transport


Assume you don't have internet access on your phone. So you've missed the bus, tram or train and you have to wait X amount of minutes for the next one. You might be angry at first, but there's nothing you can do but wait for the next one. The following are some ideas:

1. Be optimistic (optimism exercise aka find the silver lining)

Try and look on the positive or find the silver lining. These things happen and with all negative situations, if you can find a silver lining it will make you feel better. Sometimes you have to make one up for yourself. You can decide how outrageous or morbid you want to go with this exercise.
Start with "Luckily I missed the ______ because........"

the next one will be less crowded
it probably had a broken air conditioner
someone will have left a copy of the MX for me to read
it would have been stalled between train stations because someone's stolen copper wire/there's a signal failure again! This will be fixed when the next one comes.

2. Observe your surroundings

Imagine you are back in Art class describing a a painting. What words would you use to describe yours? If you've had a stressful day, then don't think about words but soak everything in. Just look and see: the lines etched in the bark of a tree, the platform's nooks and crannies, the cars driving past. Allow yourself to zone out.

3. Angry people would....

If you're quite angry, have a try at thinking about how other people would express it. Look at your fellow travelers. That baby would just cry. That man in the suit and newspaper might throw it at someone and yell so hard his face would turn red.

4. Vending machine economics

If you're hungry then it's a test of endurance. The temptation of your favourite flavoured chips but it costs outrageously high. You want to buy because you're hungry or bored. Think of the bigger pack of chips you can buy for the same amount at the supermarket! You can also play this as a pros and cons list.

vending machine
The pros and cons / Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


5. Backstory making

Again, look at other passengers or if you're by yourself make up a passenger. What is their journey going to take them? Think small or big.

That middle-aged woman in the white ballet flats is taking the bus to go home and watch TV. Her family is away and she finally has some time to herself. She doesn't have to clean up after her kids or husband. She can order pizza and veg out on the couch.

That middle-aged woman in the white ballet flats is taking the bus and running away. She stole a file from her employer. She's going to go and give it to the right person. Secrets cost lives.

6. Listen to music, really listen to it

You finally have some time to listen to your music. How long has it been since you compiled this list? Really those are the actual lyrics to Barbie Girl? I've been listening but not really listening to the actual lyrics. Then make a mental note to update it.

7. Catch up with old friends

Give a friend a call. Or think of a friend who you haven't seen for a long time. Make a mental note to catch up with them.

8. Plan a holiday

Make plans to go on holiday. You can only use anything you see or hear.

I'll get on the V Line (V Line sign) to get to Geelong (on a screen) where I will go to a beach (picture in the MX) and end up having to do work while on holiday (person texting on their phone).

9. Lost and Found

Have a look at the objects people are holding or think of your own things. What would happen to them? If I left my mobile phone on the bus, would someone hand it to the police? Would they steal it? Would it end up in Argentina after 3 months?

10. Disaster precautions

What would you do if ________ happened? What If the train derailed as it came to the station? Where would you go? Would it be safer to run onto the rail line or to run for the exit?


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You would be a very interesting person to catch public transport with Fiona. I hope you have inspired some boring complainers to be more creative with their waiting time.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4048) 1297 days ago
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