The proximity to industrial areas and high density suburbs plus the bus drivers ' special highway code we all never got' transforms the area one huge bus terminus as buses stop at random points trying to fill their buses. During the peak hour, the bus terminal is full to the brim with people trying to get home as early as possible and bus operators also try to capitalise by doing as many return trips as possible so each bus crew is on overdrive to fill up a load, go and come back for another one. Each bus usually has three to four characters (locally called whindis ) working towards the goal of filling the bus.
One hwindi will be screaming out the route of the bus and the fares. A second one will will be banging the bus, loudly announcing how many more people are left to fill up the bus ( his number never exceeds three even when there is less than half the required people) to create a sense of urgency and soon departure. When there is a third one, he will be nearly on top of the bus dancing and trying to charm hand picked people from the crowd to his bus ( my older brother with the cool green cap or my beautiful sister with nice curly red hair) and in the heat of the moment he may resort to literally dragging people to the bus. In the mean time the driver is in his seat revving the bus as if he is just about to leave and playing loud music to attract customers. All these gimmicks by this whole crew just to create the impression that they are in hurry and whoever is serious about getting home should hop on as soon as a minute ago.The whole scene can be most confusing to the commuter who unfamiliar with the area and trying to figure out their own way, yet entertaining for an observer who is uninvolved with the whole chaos.
One day recently as I observed a scene like this from the distance, I was struck by how this whole scenario reminded me of many lives that are like this. There are people who go around screaming and shouting out their plans and ideas to anyone and everyone yet in time there never really seems to be any action or growth with these plans. We can't wait to share the beautiful visions and plans and continually go on about how we are ready, we're fired up, we can do it and this is our time. In the chaos of it, we get attention and appear busy yet in the real sense, we're actually doing nothing to achieve our goals.
Often times, I hear people say I want to be a billionaire or whatever big thing in 10 years, yet when I ask them what they have you done on that particular day or even week to achieve that goal, their answers and actions usually point to them being far worse in ten years than they are today.
What do you want? Do you know what it takes to get what you? Are you willing to sacrifice everyday, take small baby steps towards the achievement of what you want? Do you even know what those baby steps are? Are you taking them or you are waiting for the right period or your life's "bus" to fill up? Or you are just like the hwindi and his driver in the downtown area, screaming, shouting and making noise about your vision and goals? Take small little actions towards your goals, they'll never be perfect and there will never be a perfect moment to take actions.
Lao tzu the Chinese philosopher once said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Begin the journey to your success and goals, no need to go about town screaming and shouting whilst doing nothing.