How restrictive is your ego?

I am writing this blog post on the bus. That’s right, the bus. Well, actually it’s a coach and a pretty comfortable one at that. It’s also the very thing that has inspired this post.

Since moving to Bristol three weeks ago, on the days I travel into London I have elected to travel by coach. The reasons are simple; it’s cheap (unlike the train) and I can get work done (unlike driving). I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s also comfy and quicker than driving. National Express or Megabus, I’m not fussy although I have to admit a preference for the latter as they throw in free wifi and a power socket.

What has surprised me most about my decision is other people’s inability to accept it.

Seriously, my corporate co-workers find it completely incomprehensible. Why on earth wouldn’t I take the train? Well, it’s £100 rather than £10 I tell them. So why don’t you drive, they ask. To me, driving 100 miles along the M4 and into central London at rush hour is the insane option, but apparently anything beats the bus.

Whilst my colleagues (and I!) are undoubtedly enjoying the banter surrounding my bus travel, the whole thought process has a serious undertone. Whilst they’re asking how many chickens I have to fight my way past to find a seat (none, by the way. I have a reclining seat and a table), I’m wondering how many people are allowing their ego to lodge itself firmly between their decisions and intelligent reason. To me, a productive coach journey a couple of times per week is absolutely nothing to shy away from, particularly when it allows me to live in a vibrant, creative city that I absolutely love. I feel more stressed on the days I have to drive all over the country, and don’t even get me started on how my Surrey commuter train used to make me feel.

Ask yourself, just how restrictive is your ego? Are your preconceived notions of what is “acceptable” preventing you from making the best decisions? Or, maybe your selective memory is making you believe that standing up on a train is the best way to travel? Get over your fear of other people’s opinions. When you shed your ego, you’ll find it far easier to challenge the status quo and make the best decision for you. And maybe I’ll see you on the bus…

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Originally published at on March 25, 2015.

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