Aside from weirdos, left-over booze from the previous night and exaggerated amounts of perfume, there's no telling what type of pleasantries we'll be graced with when stepping on the bus or subway. Whether you're dealing with really bad techno music blasting from a hipster's cell phone or screaming children who confuse the seats and rails with a jungle gym, one thing's for sure - the commute to and from work isn't always an easy one.
Of course, there are ways to make this process to a bit smoother - aside from burying yourself in your Kindle and letting the sweet tunes from your iPod take you far, far away. Here are three important rules to follow while battling the chaos of public transportation.
1. No matter how anxious you are to go to work, don't crowd the door as people are trying to get off the train or bus. This will only make you feel like a matador during a stampede.
2. Don't ever talk to your love interest on the phone if it's a bad day. This will most likely incite a moment of awkwardness for you and everyone else on the car. You never know when he might say something idiotic, causing you to vilify him like there's no tomorrow. The rest of the passengers will gawk at you as if you're the grown-up version of Rosemary's baby.
3. Wear just enough makeup and blinc Mascara to attract the dashing collar-and-tie guys, but not so much that you catch the eyes of every man in the car. Being too hot on the way to work isn't always the best plan of action, so if you're crushing hard on that sales guy who just friended you on Facebook, wait until you get to the office to put on the rest of your makeup.
Following these guidelines will not only pave the way for a smoother day, but it can also reduce the odds of starting your morning off on the wrong foot. Of course, once it gets nice outside you may want to get some exercise and just walk home instead.