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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Facing our fears

We taxi drivers also have a "fear", unlike other "fears" as in trouble, getting into unexpected confrontations, being cheated, being robbed, being beaten up, and much more, but for us, the greatest "fear" is not being able to get any passengers for a long period of time at all, no matter where we wait or how hard we peel our eyes just trying to look out for potential customers as we cruise everywhere. These sort of situations happen to all taxi drivers from time to time, and we have come to the conclusion that it is mainly due to "luck." Imagine counting your day's takings after a hard day's work not amounting to the sum needed for your daily needs. Of course sometimes we get passengers here and there but, for very short trips far and in between, and the fares, usually around $3/- and this is most frustrating, tiring and also very boring............
For me, I have experienced very difficult times when the SARS epidemic broke out. It was really frightening. At times, driving around just to earn enough to pay the taxi rentals was simply impossible. Recently, with the outbreak of the virus H1N1, the same dreaded thought of facing a similar crisis loomed. Fortunately for us, it is not anything like SARS, and so, we are back on our daily grind......... Courage is not a lack of fear but the ability to act while facing fear.....

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