Sundays are the most confusing times for me to use any train in England.
The timetable is different and woe betide you if you have more than one connection to make before you get to your destination.
So here I was on a Sunday afternoon, thinking that I should visit a friend in Oxford. I tend not to be so impromptu but I figured as I had finished reading my book for the day, I could as well check up on her.
At the time I made this fateful decision, I was at Knightbridge and made a call to the said friend wondering if she was up for me dropping in unannounced.
I made her an offer she could not refuse (well, I just said I’ll bring food and drinks) and she accepted.
I should have checked train times before forcing a visit on my unsuspecting friend. Oh well.
After draining my cup of coffee, I checked my trainline app and there was a train for 16:42 and I was still at Knightsbridge 16:20.
I was going to take the Underground tube to Paddington and I tried not to get stressed as I know for a fact that the underground system can be a nightmare on Sundays.
I was wrong.
The tube was working fine and I got to Paddington at 16:38.
Then the thoughts in my head played up again. It will take longer than 3 minutes to walk from the Underground platform to the National Rail platform.
As I was walking quickly and debating in my head, a gentleman ahead of me made way and jokingly asked “lady, what train are you trying to catch?”. I replied and said the 16:42.
He then tells me to run as he is confident I will make it to the platform for 16:41 (train doors close 30 seconds before departure time).
His random confidence in me gave me the necessary boost and I ran like my life depended on it.
I made it to the platform just in time. Yay!
As I tried to catch my breath, it occurred to me that sometimes I give up before making an effort to be successful in an endeavour.
The voices in our heads try to protect us from perceived pain or disappointment. Sometimes, we need to ignore those voices and press on.
Life is too short to make excuses not to catch that train.