Train Travel – How Train Journeys Inspire Me…

train-travelYesterday I once again caught the train as I frequently do and have felt a little spark of inspiration since.

I sometimes catch the train to my families holiday-home on the coast of Wales for those short breaks and weekends away. But more commonly, it’s just for a short journey from Wolverhampton to Birmingham and so forth, such as today.

If you follow me on Twitter () you’ll know I attended The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham yesterday. There I got to look at so great kit and of course, some very expensive kit to! I went into a few seminars/lectures, including ‘Capturing your Purpose’ from Aspire Training, which I may blog about latter on in the week, and had generally a great time.

However, the most inspirational part of the day, although I can normally find inspiration in anything, was most certainly the time around a variety of people and specifically the fairly smooth, yet typically busy, 30 minute train ride home.

Inspires Me: Train Journey

Train journeys have inspired me for years, ever since I was young and even to this day I’m still not quite sure why. The breaks between high activity, hustle & bustle, and a smooth, calm and working atmosphere are certainly awaking and I think the need to keep alert is something which keeps you thinking and away from dropping off like any other mode of transport.

Train Journey Inspiration

Also, the people. The huge variety of people on board, the intertwining of their journey with yours and the wonder o who they are, what they do, why their on the train and where their going is of great inspiration to me to. All of these questions lead to one thing in my mind and remind me off the extremely linked lives we all lead and how we, as a team, are all building and pushing forward our world.

If you previously read one of my recent posts: An Extraordinary World of Trade: Why Our Modern World Inspires Me, then you’ll know off the great inspiration which the thought of collaboration and the world effort to develop, build and improve upon our civilisation brings me, and I think this, amongst many other things is my reason for train journey inspiration.

Life is Like a Train Ride

I recently read a great post on the web and here’s a bit of it for you now. It was originally wrote by Jessica Smith @ and although not a mirror image of the inspirations I get from train journeys, I do think it strings on another branch to that of the inspirational train ride. Take a look:

“We get on. We ride. We get off. We get back on and ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises. Some of these will translate into great moments of joy; some will result in profound sorrow. When we are born and we first board the train, we meet people whom we think will be with us for the entire journey. Those people are our parents!

Sadly, this is far from the truth.

Our parents are with us for as long as we absolutely need them. They too have journeys they must complete. We live on with the memories of their love, affection, friendship, guidance and their ever presence.

There are others who board the train and who eventually become very important to us, in turn. These people are our brothers, sisters, friends and acquaintances, whom we will learn to love, and cherish.

Some people consider their journey like a jaunty tour. They will just go merrily along.

Others will encounter many upsets, tears, losses on their journey.

Others still, will linger on to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.

Some people on the train will leave an everlasting impression when they get off…

Some will get on and get off the train so quickly, they will scarcely leave a sign that they ever travelled along with you or ever crossed your path…

We will sometimes be upset that some passengers, whom we love, will choose to sit in another compartment and leave us to travel on our own.

Then again, there’s nothing that says we can’t seek them out anyway.

Nevertheless, once sought out and found, we may not even be able to sit next to them because that seat will already be taken.

That’s okay …everyone’s journey will be filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, setbacks and goodbyes.

We must strive to make the best of it… no matter what. ”

For the full post visit: Life is Like a Train Ride (Messy Jessy)

What Inspires You About Train Journeys?

So now you know the inspirations of mine and Jessica’s train rides, both myself and Aimee would love to know what inspires you about yours! Drop us a comment below or a tweet @1LifeSuccess, we’d love to hear from you!