Busing and Personalities

With this past week being fairly normal and commonplace, I decided to add a unique twist to this article. Rather than giving you a rambling discourse on my experiences of the week, I will discuss the art of boarding a bus and the people who board it. The act itself may seem simple enough, but the personalities add another dimension to this common event. As a whole, three distinct personalities faithfully emerge when people board a bus.

  • The Aggressor – This person would easily fit the Type A personality, someone who is outgoing, demanding, passionate, and driven. I could digress into more descriptive traits, but I think that sufficiently labels this person. He could be an exemplary motivational speaker or an ambitious entrepreneur. He’s the guy who sprints to the bus stop, disregarding any objects or persons in his way. As the bus approaches, he holds his bus card and prepares for battle. Once the bus slows to a stop, he calculates the precise stopping point, juts out his elbows, and surveys the enemy around him. Once the doors open on the bus, he springs toward the door, liberally elbows anyone in his way, and scans his card for the 1 RMB fee. All the other passengers may hate him, but he really doesn’t care.  He’s the person who smirks at all those unlucky passengers who get on too late and latch onto a railing for an hour-long ride back home.
  • The Middler – This person shares the personalities of Types A and B. He can be relational and extroverted and also indecisive and methodical. This person would thrive as a public relations consultant or a human resources manager, in addition to many other interpersonal vocations. He likes to be a part of the crowd, but not the stand-up comedian or the backseat observer. He’s the guy who rapidly walks to the bus stop without the aggressor’s shameless 100m dash to the sign. As the bus approaches, he fishes out his card and waits by the sign. Once it nears, the masses converge, and he casually slips in line with the others. Once the doors swing open, he doesn’t shove but may press the person in front of him to encourage his ascent into the bus. With his less aggressive approach, he may have a seat one day and be standing the next. It usually depends on the number of travelers and the amount of aggressors attempting to board the bus.
  • The Pacifist – This person is a Type B personality. He is easy-going, aloof, cautious, and thoughtful. Basically, he despises all the traits the aggressor loves and admires some of the traits of the middler. But, overall, he’s happy with who he is. He would enjoy being a computer technician or neurosurgeon. This person doesn’t mind being with other people but is also perfectly happy to enjoy his own company. He’s the guy who casually strides to the bus stop. If  he’s hungry, he may stop to buy a Snicker’s bar, or if he’s tired, he may even take a nap along the way. Time is not his master; it is more of a suggestion than a necessity. As the bus nears the station, he notes its arrival, confirms his position, and surveys the jostling crowd around him with amusement. Once the bus slows down, he watches the aggressor nearly tear open the doors, sees the middler ascend the steps, and then decides it’s time to go on the bus. Due to his absentmindedness, he often forgets to bring exact change, leaving him to rely on someone else’s kindness, while the aggressor impatiently waits for the bus to move. Oddly enough, even though he always stands on the bus, he doesn’t mind the uncomfortable position and enjoys the scenery along the way.
As a disclaimer, I realize that everyone can’t fit a certain personality. Some may argue they’re more Aggressive-Passive or Passive-Aggressive. The Middlers may claim to possess a more dominant aggressive streak or even a passive tendency. And everyone else might object to the indignity of being labeled by some nameless blogger. Regardless, I unashamedly consider myself to be a Pacifist-Middler with the occasional aggressive tendency. And if you ever happen to come to China or currently reside in this country, check out a bus stop and see if the three personalities do exist. Whatever you do, don’t get in the way of the aggressors.

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