The Early Bus

DISCLAIMER: This post has absolutely nothing to do about information security. If that is the only reason you are here, please check out some of my other posts, which will likely have a greater impact on your interests.
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I take the bus to work. I actually like it that way, since it affords me extra time to read and catch up on the various podcasts that I listen to (yes, podcasts are still a thing and are still awesome). One thing I have changed recently is that I now go to the gym before the office each morning. In order to do that, I have to catch the first bus out of my neighborhood at 5:45AM.
The first bus has a very different culture than the subsequent ones. First, the bus itself arrives and opens its doors about 15 minutes before departure, in order to let riders take their seats and settle. None of the other buses do this, but that may have something to do with the fact that for them, nobody shows up early. Those buses frequently have to wait an extra minute before leaving in order to allow a late arrival to jog over and board.
On the later buses, everyone seems tired and wears a mask of dread for having to go into work. That simply isn’t the case for the first bus, even though it is significantly earlier than the others. Each rider is alert and ready to tackle the day. They are on that bus for a reason, one which is not completely comprised of necessity. Being on the first bus, that early, is a choice that THEY have made – not their employer.
I think I have found my people and it is both inspiring and uplifting to be among them. Be early, my friends. There is so much more to it than simply having more time to get things done.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Have a good day.

Steve P. Higdon has been working in the information security field for over ten years, providing support and consultancy to several public and private sector organizations. Steve holds several industry certifications and can be reached via email at and on Twitter at @SteveHigdon.

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