Ordinary heroes

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ~ Christopher Reeve

A few days ago, I went to attend an interview. The company’s offices were located diametrically across the city from where I stay, at a distance of 60 kms.

It took me 3 hours to get through the traffic and reach my destination, with the help of 2 buses and 1 Ola ride.

By evening, I was completely exhausted. My state Telangana is also undergoing a heat wave condition right now, with temperatures around 40C, which didn’t help matters.

I decided – if by chance I got this job, there was no way I could commute so much on a daily basis.

But when I was discussing this with a few ex-colleagues, I came to know that there were people in my office who did that much commuting every day. 120 kms every single day! And this wasn’t some joy ride on an empty 6-lane highway. This was through one of the densest cities of India.

My first thought was, why stay so far? Who in their right mind would do that? If you spend so many hours just commuting, how do you get the energy to focus on work, and also manage family responsibilities?

But then I comprehend that for many, there is simply no other option, due to family, financial and other constraints. And they still manage to perform well at work and keep their families content.

Heroes are those who do extraordinary acts.

But for me, even these people are heroes – living ordinary lives, facing their struggles every day, not realizing that what they do is truly extraordinary.

Bus schedules
Me trying to find out bus numbers and schedule for my route.

6 thoughts on “Ordinary heroes

  1. The state run bus service at Hyderabad was one of the complex yet better run services. Their Metro class pass allows commuters to use both Ordinary and Metro class bus services, and their AC class Metro Liner probably works for all three and makes commuting rather pleasurable. Each class used to have a rather affordable all day ticket too that is akin to a day pass for unlimited ride throughout the city!


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