Well, have you ever found yourself muttering under your breath or feel your blood pressure rise as people refuse to utilize the space within the subway car and crowd up by the entrance of the train preventing you from getting in? Especially when you are in a rush. Or, do you find yourself rolling your eyes, or clenching your fists when people do not wait to the sides as you exit the subway car, crowding in front of you so you are bumping shoulders through the entire stroll to the exit? I am positive you feel vile when you see crusted dried out vomit on the floor leaving a revolting aroma for all passengers to basque in. I’m sure frustration is only ‘lightly putting it’ when you swipe the card over and over again at the turnstile only to get the “Please swipe again at this turnstile” message, and finally swiping again, to occasionally find the “This card was just used” message to pop up.
Well my friend, I don’t know how to tell you this, but….it’s true, you may have subway rage. The good news is, it’s okay! These incidents are frustrating, and it’s only natural to get upset by them. The important thing is to feel the emotion completely, then let it go. You’re human, a slight reaction to people being rude or machines failing to work is natural. I recently found myself extremely angry leaving the subway after people were crowding in front of the exit making it impossible to leave. Once I realized I was annoyed, I just laughed at myself! The problem with subway/road rage is if you find it’s a difficult emotion to rid yourself of and it begins to impede on the rest of the day, or if you react rashly to the road rage by taking it out one someone else. If you find yourself having trouble dealing with your subway rage, then feel free to contact me or your nearest medical provider. Otherwise, allow yourself to feel your emotion completely instead of repressing it in order to completely let it go, then put it behind you!