NO ANGER. NO HEADACHE. NO CHEST PAIN. NO REGRETS
I learnt a big lesson recently. I boarded a bus to Orile from Eko Hotel Roundabout for N300, and the bus broke down at Ijora (the driver had to take that route to avoid traffic at Apongbon). We expected a refund of N100 each, because no vehicle will convey you to Orile from there for less than a N100 but the driver insisted on giving us N50. Yawa con gas. Some of the passengers started screaming and cursing the driver yet he maintained his stance. He was screaming and cursing back.
I expected him to at least plead with his passengers to take the N50 or find an alternative bus for us because obviously it wasn't his making- it was bad business and low 'turn up' for him as well. But no! Uncle was busy vibrating and acting like he was about to pounce on anyone who dares to say another word. Trust Lagos people na, no retreat, no surrender!
I was calm. I didn't shout- very much unlike me.
This exchange went on for over 15 minutes. I saw that he was resolute on his decision, I collected the N50 and left the other passengers at the scene. I spent N200 extra to get to my destination but I got home in peace, with my voice intact.
No anger. No headache. No chest pain. No regrets.
If I had joined in the screaming and cursing, I would have still spent the extra N200 (because oga driver was not ready to budge even if we had cried, screamed and cursed), plus money for paracetamol and other baggage mentioned earlier. And then finally, PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS for all the wrong things I would have said.
MORAL: Always save yourself the stress, learn to walk away.It doesn't mean you are a fool. Your peace of mind, mental and all round health supersede every other. I am not suggesting you sit back and allow others trample on you. There are situations where you don't have to fight at all, especially if you will be at the receiving end of the whole drama. Well, what do I know?