The Double Meaning of “Rideshare”

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Greetings. Welcome to UpLyfted–a blog site about everyday people like you and me who need to get from point A to point B without the hassle of driving themselves. In a place like Orange County, where I work as a Lyft driver, enjoying the comfort and security of a safe ride on your daily commute can make the difference between a good and bad day.

One of the great gifts of driving for Lyft is that I get to meet interesting people from all walks of life. It gives me space to get out of my head–where I spend too much of my time–and hold space for someone else. Oftentimes, a simple “Hi, how are you?” turns into a meaningful conversation about all manner of topics–from the personal to the political–giving new meaning to the term “rideshare.” Strangers become friends. A Lyft becomes an uplift.

Without disclosing actual names, I will use this site to share brief passenger profiles if only to tell stories that would otherwise go unheard and, in so doing, prompt my readers toward a more empathetic consideration for the strangers in our midst.


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