My Conversation With a NYC Cab Driver

I love New York City, especially yesterday.  I spent all day in the city and had fascinating conversations.  They were delightful conversations and I hope you find them as enlightening as I.

The first conversation I would like to share with you was with a NYC cab driver.  He was chatty, chipper and quite brilliant.  He was born and raised in Pakistan and has a Masters in Psychology.  He told me that he works mostly the night shift because he finds it to be more interesting in addition to feeling as if he helps more people that way.  I found this interesting so I asked him to elaborate.  He told me that most people he picks up late at night are sometimes drunk, depressed, confused and even sometimes, quite lost about where they live.  He became a cab driver 25 years ago because he simply needed to make extra money after college.  He found that in the 15 or 20 minutes that people spent in his cab he was sometimes able to identify issues and be some kind of assistance and ever a friendly ear; even for just a short time.  He found through his positive attitude and cheerful outlook on life he is able to touch many lives on a daily basis.  He has remained a cab driver because of his love for people and he really feels he is doing something special, even for just a few minutes in someone’s day…or night in this case.  I thought this would be interesting to talk about, why not think about this cab driver and relate it to your own professional life?  Don’t just go to work, go to work and spread positive attitudes and cheerfulness.  Try to lift up the spirits of every person that you come in contact with.

Well, for those of you who know me, you know I am not shy.  So I met another interesting chap in the city yesterday.  This fellow worked for the MTA in Penn Station and happened to be reading an article from the Sunday New York Times.  Great article by the way, if you happened to see it on Sunday.  Researchers are abuzz, quite excited I might say.  It turns out there’s a direct link between running and the prevention of dementia.  This article demonstrated that testing on rats that ran and a direct correlation to neurons in the brain.  Now what was interesting about this conversation is that this fellow asked me my opinion as it relates to exercise and dementia.  Although this specific article related to running my own personal opinion is that exercise, any kind of exercise; even fast walking will prevent or at least help to prevent dementia.  This conversation hit home with me since a friend ended up in the hospital this past weekend.  She is quite fortunate since the physicians discovered to blood clots in her lungs.  She is extremely fortunate to be doing just fine now.  I have been cajoling and pleading with her for days to begin an exercise routine.  Please don’t let me scare you when I say “exercise routine”.  Here’s the real story my friends, if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times; you need not beat yourself up in a gym.  If you really have a hard time getting to a gym, which I am sure most of us do, open your front door walk 20 minutes away from your home, turn around and walk 20 minutes back.  That’s it, do this four to five times a week.

Alas I have made this quite lengthy and I did not mean to.  I will save the rest of the conversations for another blog.

3 thoughts on “My Conversation With a NYC Cab Driver

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