Every time I am on a bus or driving a car, there is one thing that stays with me long after it is over and gone. It is the sight of a person missing a bus or a train. I am not sure why. There are times when there is a passenger running to catch the bus and it is just a fraction of that second when the bus has moved past the stop. The passenger is stranded at the stop till the next one comes by.
It is not just the person missing the bus, but the longing in the eyes of that person, or at times hope turning into despair, frustration and so many emotion.
I always tend to draw parallels from such scenarios.
The most important one being a sense of abandonment in a partnership. Life is like that too. Think about it. There definitely is a partnership between the bus and the potential passenger who missed that bus.
They both have a route to travel.
In the context of life, there are two people who get into a partnership of love or marriage. And decide on the route they want to travel. Suddenly one person feels that they have to take a detour or even change route and leave for better prospects, greener pastures without even so much as asking, consulting the other person.
Taking off just like the bus does, without even so much as bothering to pay attention to the rear view in the mirror.
What happens to the passenger who was stranded at the bus stop? What happens to that passenger who boarded the bus?
Chances are, depending on the situation, the stranded one might choose to wait till the bus takes a reverse and comes back to the same stop, highly improbable. Or this passenger takes the next bus.
In real life situation too the other person might end up waiting forever or choose another partner to travel with.
It could also happen that the person who took the detour and started travelling on a different route might come back hoping to pick that person up from the place he/she was left/abandoned. But somebody has to bell the ‘cat’ as they say and inform that time does not stand still. Therefore people cannot stop, stand still and wait. They evolve. And most importantly, they grow out of situations and people.
Image source and courtesy: http://www.afaqs.com/news/story/26362_BEST-calls-for-tender-for-designer-bus-shelters-and-bus-stop-poles