Springing into Action

Lyla getting off of the bus

Several years ago, when I got my scooter, I had tried to take a ride on the city TriMet bus, and it had been a disaster. It took me forever to maneuver my scooter into the proper position, and I felt like everyone on the bus was staring at me thinking, “I wish that lady would hurry up!” I was thinking, “I wish I could hurry up,” too, which made my arms go stiff. When I got off of the bus, I thought, “I’m never doing that again!” I figured the bus driver would agree! My main choices from that point on for transportation have been services that require two days notice to get picked up and dropped off at my home. For a woman on the go, this really puts a damper on things, because I have to miss things that come up last minute.

Last week, I got an email about a meeting that I was supposed to go to, but I hadn’t scheduled a ride for me to get to the meeting. As the time got closer, I was regretting my inaction, and I decided that I wanted to attend the meeting. But by the time I changed my mind, I thought it was too late to get to there. My friend Mary Anne, who was sitting right across the table from me, had been wanting me to take a bus ride for weeks, but I had weaseled my way out of it. To her surprise, and mine, I looked at her and said, “Will take a ride on the bus with me?” She said, “Oh yeah! Let’s go!”

To my delight, getting on and off  of the bus this time was much easier than I remembered it being because TriMet has redesigned them. My driving skills have gotten better too. I got to my meeting, and Mary Anne and I enjoyed dinner downtown together. I found that our adventure had led to a new-found freedom. I discovered that when I let go of the past, I can experience the joy of rolling into the future.

Have you discovered a new-found freedom this week? Share that good news with me!

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3 thoughts on “Springing into Action

  1. Lyla, you are inspiring!

  2. Oh that is so wonderful! I’m glad you were able to get easily off and on the bus. I hope that this will enable you to get out and about more!

    I haven’t discovered a new-found freedom. I’ve been so tired and sick lately, but I am doing all I can to recover and feel as well as possible!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier today. It is so lovely to meet you!

  3. Awesome – am going to share this with friend who has folks in Milwaukie!! Keep up the good work! Am still post op and hurting, and have radio interview tomorrow and then to Bismarck, ND for Thurs-Sun – PLEASE PrAY – I have pressure sore that opened up and wont heal!

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