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7 Things All Subway Commuters Have started to Learn

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Oh,  the dreaded morning commute. The hour of chaos, noise before school or work. As we rush towards an empty seat, we wonder why we decided to set our alarms for this type of hectic start to the day. 

However, we never predicted this moment would ever be  taken away from us. It seemed normal last year, but once the pandemic started, we all began to realize that our one hour of commute will become an additional hour of sleep. We will no longer need to  wake up and rush towards the subway with friends. But we probably imagined to overlook those moments. 

While we sit within our bedrooms in the middle of quarantine, we wonder what's going to happen when  social distancing measures fade? We fantasize about the morning coffee shop lineups, and the moment we enter our workplaces. Although we no longer commute as frequently as before, many of us continue to sit back and examine the moments that happened around the bus or the subway. Listed here are 7 things all commuters have discovered at some point in their lives: 

1. Never stand close to the doors on the subway

Standing beside the doors is already dangerous and nerve-wracking as is. Despite the warning signs, the door continues to be a well known spot for commuters to lounge around. When you have tried to snatch the spot close to the door, you may know what I'm referring to; you either have to move back, or walk outside of the cart whenever people enter, and yet, your stillspot gets taken away. The door is just too crowded during rush hour, so it is best to avoid that spot. 

2. Always bunch your card on a weekly basis 

I recall the time I forgot to load my subway card; I thought that I had enough for any one-way trip until I tapped onto the machine. Instead of a green signal having a checkmark, a red 'X' with the word 'Denied' appeared. I had been frustrated since I remembered loading my card a week ago. But regardless, I learned that I need to load more than the total amount required on a frequent basis. In order to avoid daily morning lineups at the card machine, everyone should aim to load as much as possible every week in the evening.

3. Always bring earphones along with you. 

Earphones can be a lifesaver, especially in unsafe environments. As soon as you plug your ears with devices, no one seems to walk towards you anymore. Even if a drunk person walks by, they do not seem to interact or notice your presence. Perhaps, earphones are just a different way of saying “Sorry, I'm busy.”

4. Eat before entering the subway 

Eating is messy enough, but imagine eating on the subway with all these people who are around you. If you spill a coffee or soup, other passengers may watch and, only a warning, you may be more than embarrassed.

5. Don't switch on your music super loud

This statement is definitely easier said than done. Although music does transform your thoughts into an alternate reality, the people sitting beside you may not think the same way. No one wants to be grouchy in the mornings, therefore it is better to watch the volume and jam some songs quietly.

6. There are still some nice people out there. 

The large cities may feel cold and lonely sometimes, but someone is definitely willing to be there and cheer others up. I've made friends while commuting and I still talk to some nowadays. In the end, you don't know who you'll meet and what common interests you'll share.

7. You see that the city is more beautiful than expected. 

Winter mornings can be dark and cold, but as soon as you exit the subway, the thing is multicolored lights shining all across the streets. The picturesque view is one thing you perhaps may have never seen before. As the lights continue to shine when the day brightens up, you wish you can relive that moment, forever.

The subway is really a place filled with distant events and memories. Every day and evening , different people stop by to travel to work, meet with friends, and grab a coffee. However, we never realize how significant such moments are after they are taken away from us. Indeed, we may enjoy the additional hour of sleep, but we'll always wonder when we'll safely be exploring the city on our morning communte again.

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