Remember the adage: an apple a day keeps the doctor away?!
May I add: more than one Uber a day? Now that’s bae! Lol. Scratch that!
Here is my Uber story.
I had a speaking engagement to facilitate on the day. Arriving at the venue early was the right thing to do. Besides allowing me to be perceived as being professional, it would afford me the opportunity to somewhat regulate the energy of the classroom and set the tone for the delivery of what I would share with the participants. I decided to take an Uber to the venue. The decision was born out of the need to ensure that I was void of any physical stress or exhaustion. However, to limit my expenses, I figured that I would take a commercial bus back home when I am done.
As I journeyed to the venue, there was unusual traffic just a few hundred meters after leaving my home. At first I thought it would clear up pretty quickly but we were still at the same spot, thirty five minutes after. I began to feel agitated and had to cancel the trip and requested for another Uber which took an alternate route. Thankfully, I got to the venue in good time. My presentation went well – the class was very interactive and engaging. The meeting lasted longer than I thought it would as I gave audience to pockets of persons after the event. As I said my goodbyes, it was apparent that I would get home a lot later than I ought. Thing is, I was expecting guests and needed to be home within the hour. I had to request for another Uber if I was to make it home in good time.
I am not the usual chatty passenger when I take a commercial vehicle but this time, the Uber driver Chika and I talked the entire length of the trip. We spoke about the state of the Nation, touched on his upbringing, his education, some of his struggles and convictions. We discussed how his life experiences had a huge influence on his perspective and mind-set. Many of his sentiments had left him somewhat disempowered. Was this God ordering my steps? I thought. Perhaps it was for Chika’s sake that the day’s events went the way they did. Like one of my close friends would often suggest, I saw a coaching opportunity and seized it. As I alighted from Chika’s car, he was all smiles as he expressed his appreciation as did I.
Thankfully, I got home in good time just before the arrival of my guests. Looking back on my day, I would say that every action I took was worth it.