This blog isn’t about a film, it isn’t an argument; it’s a little something to get you all observing your world, wherever you may be. We often walk around, oblivious to the people around us, and we don’t often think about where those people are going; what is that man opposite you on the train going to be doing with his day? You obviously aren’t going to ask them, unless you’re really brave, so what I want you all to do is, on your way to work or school or wherever you may be going on your daily journeys take a look at someone and make their story up in your mind, trust me it’s quite amusing what your imagination can come up with at 8 O’Clock in the morning when you’re starved of caffeine at work!
Also, we tend not to look at people when we’re moving about, we tend to just keep ourselves to ourselves and not look at anyone for fear of them looking at you like you’re a weirdo.
I’m going to mention someone who made me realise why we never look at or interact in any way with other people on our way to work, and then i’m going to mention someone who made me realise why we should :).
I was on the bus the other day and found myself doing the usual; looking out of the window, listening to my music, waiting for the moment I can just get home and crash! When out of nowhere some woman, and i’m not kidding, starts simultaneously eating (really messily eating) a sandwich whilst, not after..WHILST spraying herself with deodorant! People who generally catch the bus are a strange and unstable bunch.
That was a bit of a digression from the main track, but I thought it was quite funny. I also managed to catch someone who was the first person that i’d actually seen. This might sound weird, but when you’re just walking aimlessly down the street you might see blurs in your peripheral, but you don’t SEE them. Let me explain; I tried to make up a story for this man on the bus because it has become difficult for me to simply walk past someone and except the fact that i’m never seeing them again, so I’ve begun to create their lives for myself, which, it turns out, is interesting and rather difficult. You kind of get the need to make them a secret spy who saves the world by night and works in an office by day, but then you begin to SEE them, for what you believe they actually are. This might not be making a hell of a lot of sense, but i’ll go on anyway. My little story for this man is simple, and i’ll be honest quite nice and boring, but I like that when it comes to old people. I saw this man for about 5 minutes when he was on the bus, so I tried to figure out what he’d been doing and where he was going…
He was an old bloke, I don’t know, about 70 lets say, he was holding a bag from M&S and in it I could see what was clearly his dinner, for him and possibly his wife? Now he didn’t look like he’d had a particularly hard day, perhaps it was a boring day, maybe the only thing of interest in his day was going to M&S for the dinner, But the thing that made me notice this particular old guy this day, was the fact he never stopped smiling! The story goes quite easily from there. I deducted that this was a happy chappy, and decided that he was getting dinner to make for his anniversary. simple. He looked pleased with what he’d bought because he kept looking in to the bag and smiling as if to say ‘Yeah, i’m going knock her socks off with this dinner :)’
The story was simple, it was basic and I only saw the man for five minutes, but I saw him, and that’s my point. If you take a small amount of time out of your day to SEE someone and create their story, you start to realise that people aren’t just blurs in your peripheral vision who need to be ignored.
Everyone has their own story, and it’s not only important to make your story a happy one. If you don’t know someone, make up their story, however you like!
But don’t just make everyone Superman!