The Train Ride Experiment

I rode the train today as I do on most days. Believe it or not, I do a large portion of my reading on trains as I fill my head up with incredible amounts of knowledge on a myriad of topics. I seem to truly get lost in the pages or on some days my electronic device.
Today was different though, today I took the time to experiment a little bit without my books or device. I decided that I would go the extra mile, or in this case, several extra feet. I always notice how people exit and enter the train no matter what. It is almost like a hobby of mine or something. So I took a few minutes on the platform and then when I entered the train, I decided to go to the first car and take a seat. My reason for going to the first car was simple, that is where the least amount of people choose to go on almost any train. In my opinion, the reason that is so is because it takes twice as much effort from a walking point of view than to get on in the middle of the train which is always more accessible. The only problem with that is the fact that most people enter the train in the middle or the back, so it is the most crowded part of the train almost all of the time. So I noticed a few very distinct things after every stop. Number one, there were never more than five people getting on or off of the train in almost 8 stops. Number two, the seats on that particular train were never full to capacity. Number three, this scenario was way too much like life. There will always be more room at the front or at the top,because very few people will ever even think of using more energy, taking on more responsibility, or doing the opposite of what others are doing.
In the end, my train ride was very comfortable. So my question to you is, are you continually riding in the middle or the back of the train in life? Are you positioning yourself to join the masses or to navigate the ride? Just some food for thought.....


Abigail said…
WOW! Food for thought indeed. I do ride in the front of the train. Unless I'm REALLY running late, I like the front of the train for the reason of comfort, less crowds. So makes me wonder if it truly is comfortable at the top as opposed to "less crowded" or "lonely"?
That is a great question. I believe that it is lonely at the top, however, you can choose who you would like to spend that time with as well. This is a luxury in itself. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate you, Chase

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