Warning: this post is pretty long but it is worth reading.
This story is about when I was in Warsaw at the end of January for my school. I was staying at my sister's over the weekend, since my flat is 6 hours away.
So, Saturday after 6 pm I had just walked out the school building and I realised my bus is in 3 minutes, so I ran towards the bus stop ON THE STREET. No, not the sidewalk. The street. I saw my bus approaching as I was still halfway to the stop and ran like crazy waving my hands in front of him. The last time I did that.. I was on the side of the road and the bus driver left. This time I made sure I'm straight up in the middle of it so he can't.
Anyway, I get on the bus and take the closest free seat as I text my friends about the hilarious situation that had just happened. I don't know why, but when I left the bus a few minutes later I was still in this 'bus is leaving, gotta hurry' mode.
I ran towards my subway station through street lights and down the stairs. While I ran downstairs I pulled out my wallet, since I did not have a ticket for the subway. I stood behind a couple getting tickets, hoping the train wouldn't leave for another few minutes and as I was approaching the ticket machine, I heard a subway coming and I panicked trying to get the tickets as fast as possible.
When I finally got them, not thinking much I ran towards the train and got in at the last moment. There was no place I could sit, so I leaned against one of the walls and began to put my stuff back in the handbag. I don't exactly remember what made me reach for my phone, but when I did - it wasn't there. I started looking for it in every pocket of my handbag, jacket, pants, even my food container.
Finally, a few minutes later I could sit down and go through my purse completely all over again. My phone still wasn't there.
I panicked for a few seconds, but then realised that it does not solve the problem. Instead, I kept tracing my steps backwards and looking where I could've left it. Finally, I thought 'bus'. Yes, I definitely must've left it on the bus.
So, I thought up the whole plan: I would ask people to let me call my phone until someone picks up.. or until it gets awkward and if I don't get any results I would email the bus company, or ask my sister to call them and explain which bus it was and try getting somewhere from there.
I asked the lady sitting next to me if I could borrow her phone to call mine, since I left it somewhere. She was kind enough to ring it for me on speaker three times. Unfortunately nobody picked up. When I left the train at my station, I saw a girl about my age and told her what happened so she said I could use her phone. I called my phone three times and still nothing. I'll have you know, that my ringtone is pretty.. unusual since it's Harry's Wondrous World by John Williams. Anyway, I finally gave up on calling my phone and called my dad since he was the only person I could reach (that I knew the phone number of). I told him what happened and asked him to call my sister and for both of them to keep calling my phone until someone picks up.
I get back to her place and her boyfriend opens the door asking 'but you didn't lose the keys too, right?'. Fortunately, no.
Anyway turns out that in the 15 minutes period from the subway station to my sweatpants and pizza, my sister managed to talk to the lady that picked up the phone by - there's a twist - the subway ticket machine, and get her address. We do not have her phone number so we can't really call her and ask if it's okay if we picked it up now.. also my phone died.
The next day me and my friends finished the assignment quickly so I left at 5pm instead of 6pm and when I got to the flat, we (me and my sister's boyfriend) spent some time watching a softball match.
Afterwards we left to pick up the phone and as it turned out, the lady lived pretty close to the city so it was about a half an hour drive. It was kind of complicated to get there, but when we did she gave me back the phone and we gave her truffles and thanked her very much.
Then we left and went to McDonald's.. . Ever heard of relief eating?
I do have my phone now and if you'd like to see some photos taken from it, follow me on instagram @wondrart or this blog @lemonsherbetb .
In conclusion, there is no good in worrying and panicking.
If something is happening, think what you can do about it.
Slow down or you might just leave the joy behind, like I did my phone.
Have a great day and.. keep calm. :)
Hi, I believe that there is no one today who is you-er than you.