Anton, Bus Driver
What are your hopes and dreams for your future?
“I've got so many things, I want to do. Whatever I do, it will stem from writing. I want to go back on stage and write books. I carry a notebook with me in my shirt pocket so I can write down ideas. Sometime it might be just a word to remind me later about my idea. Writing down my thoughts eventually bridge ideas together. I want to genuinely touch even one soul with my words. That would be something.”
As bus driver, you are directly and indirectly the navigator, gate-keeper, and transporter of people from place to place. Metaphorically, you carry your passengers' dreams. What is that like?
“I notice that a lot of people in the bus are on edge. Some are going to and from work or school. Other might have just gotten out of jail. I see that something small like a genuine smile or hello can shift their mood and outlook. I can help the person by making contact with them. I realize that I could be the last resort for a person who is having a really bad day....that by giving them a compliment or noticing them or wishing them well, I might be able to bring them back from the edge, give them hope. I take it upon myself to notice and to alleviate stress, given them something to hold on to, maybe change their direction or choice they were contemplating.”
Do you find that the same is true of your passengers when they interact with you?
“Yes, I have something heavy on my mind, those people lift me up and change my trajectory. I get myself grounded by interacting with them. They are an integral part that keeps people like me moving forward and remembering that there are better days ahead.”