So often, I get ticked off at people selfishly taking up too much bench space, lecturing passengers about Jesus and our sins, people who lean on polls, people who think they can stand without holding anything and then bang into everyone, racists, pricks who exist just to be pricks, and subway littering.
BUT, today, I experienced for the third time in the last 2 months the most fantastic subway ride ever. I take the 2 train to work every morning and ride it about 11 minutes for 7 stops. It’s generally a lot of hustle bustle, and everyone’s heading to work while still trying to finish their morning rituals like reading the paper or drinking their coffee or applying make-up. There’s a train operator who adds something intangible to the morning though, when at my Bergen St. stop, he greets passengers “Good Morning Brooklyn!!!!” This morning, he announced completely sincerely:
It’s the holiday season folks! do your shopping, eat some food, but most importantly, don’t forget to smile! It will make your day!
Everyone nervously smiled, but smiled nonetheless. As eye contact was made, the smiles got bigger. Some people had seemed to hear this before, others were wide-eyed with extreme wonderment. As with the other 2 times I had this particular train operator, and only at that moment and those 2 other times, not a single person was scowling or otherwise distracted.
It’s great. He continued to converse (just the right amount) over the course of the 7 stops, once to tell us to walk, not run, across the platform to the express train, but a little bounce in the step would be advised, and another time to remind us that the station was extremely narrow and to please be aware of other people.
This man seriously makes my day. If more people at least appeared to genuinely enjoy their job, and paid good vibes forward with smiles, I can’t help but think we’d have a happier city and world.