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So today is an article about people watching. No, It’s not like bird watching (at least, i don't think it is! haha). Sometimes in the busy concept of adulting, i like to sit & watch people. Take note of their body language, their movements and interactions. In a world where social media has now become life, it's good to get back to basics! I have done this in a cute report style because i miss going to school and writing reports! ENJOY!
Introduction: Why people watching?
I find that the world has become too consumed with daily social media uploads, marketing and who did what first. Human interaction is sorely lacking in this day and age and more reliance on technology has become apparent.
The observations: What happened through the day?
So my day starts as normal. I get up and do all the general getting ready for work entails and saying hi to all my lovely housemates. We all have a brief hi - bye moment and then off we go! I get to the train and wait patiently for it to arrive. While i wait i like to glance around and look at what’s around me. This particular day was fresh, it had a gentle cool breeze rustling through the trees and a just genuinely lovely feeling. Issue was, about 60% of people were missing it as they were too busy on their phones scrolling through their latest news, Facebook or whatever they wanted. Their heads were down, not paying attention to people wanting to get past, the loveliness that surrounds them or anything going on.
At this stage there were only a couple of murmurs from people talking but mostly young adults in school. This was the lovely part where even though they were dressed up all in their private attire and looking well presented, they didn’t let that stop them from having a laugh and joking around with each other. Something as adults we sometimes forget is a thing! (i forget meow!) It’s such a beautiful thing to watch.
As my journey progressed and we get on the train, I see a group of 3 adults sitting together all in silence (which sometimes in the morning we don’t mind! The coffee needs to kick in first haha!). They were all dressed fairly nicely in casual attire and busy batting at their phones ferociously like they just released a new song on iTunes and they just had to have it. At least, that's what it looked like until i heard one of them say loudly “ isn’t Facebook chat awesome! Nobody knows what we are talking about “ and they all burst into laughter and continue their batting of screens battle.
The thing that shocked me the most is not what was said but more the fact that there they were, sitting all together (literally right next to each other in a row because here you can have 3x people sitting in a row on the train!) and rather than have a conversation which, in my opinion is faster, they decide to use facebook messenger as their way of talking. WHAT?! How is this now becoming the norm? A group of us just shook our heads all at the same time of the notion that they were doing this. Almost as though they are hiding something.
From this stage the train didn’t provide much else inspiration other than the odd person napping, people on phones or random quiet conversation buzzing in the background. So now is the time to leave the train. Getting off the train is almost like when cats or dogs are fighting for food, you all want to get off but there’s things in the way. With so many people in a hurry and the people outside wanting to come in blocking the doorway , you kind of have to go single file sideways to even get through. Due to this, as i walked past a gentleman all you could hear was him muttering to himself “ Oh, Hurry up!”, even though you could see we were struggling to even get off the train.
It’s a quirky habit to me the way people are always rushing. It creates way more stress than is needed and if it starts out stressful, the rest of the day tends to follow it. Like when you are in a good mood; people respond so well to that. When you are anxious, everything becomes daunting and people respond to that emotion. Rushing to me is the equivalent of having an assignment due, handing it in late and getting angry when it isn’t accepted because it was past the deadline. (yeah, i did that once! 10/10 would not recommend!) That’s just my opinion though!
Question: Do you find yourself rushing or are you a time management nut like me?
Let’s move on! So on breaks i like to sit in a relatively quiet area just for a mind rest. For some reason, that wasn’t going to be today! I head to my normal place to nom my lovely sandwich and see a group of ladies chatting loudly as i walk past. I sit nearby and to my dismay heard some odd things from people dressed all corporately. They were openly swearing, taking selfies , teasing others who weren’t there AND saying to each other “don’t tell them!” then laughing.
I mean, Kudos to them for actually TALKING and not on their phones unless taking pics together but still. I was shocked to find that they would talk about others in that manner. What made it worse was one of the people they said that about then turned up shortly after and they all acted like they were their closest friend! O_o WHAT?! Are you kidding me! It made me livid! But of course me being too shy, didn’t know how to stand up and say something nor did i feel it was my place as this was only in passing.
You can’t help but think: what if other people do that to me and i don’t know!
Question: Have you ever talked about someone behind their back even though they’re a close friend?
At this stage there my break is over so i take me and my dissapointed self back to work and finish off the day. After work there is an air of happiness around as i leave the building to the train. There’s a lot more buzzing of people talking and excitedly making plans to get coffee , drinks or dinner. Calls to loved ones asking how their respective days were and just a general consensus that the day is over and we are all happy about that. It’s hard not to get swept away by this motion as you’re carried by the wave of happy people.
Getting to the station we are then joined by parents picking up their children from school/care, people from the gym or just those who enjoyed a day out. It makes me feel like i have walked into a sitcom and i am waiting direction! The good news is that there are less people on their phones and more chatting or silent waiting to go home and observing things around them.
The Discovery: What did i learn and what did i take away from this?
So it seems that even though this was only one day, there is a distinct difference with how people act during different times of the day. They seem to react differently and also act differently. Each person has their own vice on what their routine is but also they act differently towards others.
In summary: Don’t miss the good things , take in what you can at every chance and be kind! You never know who is watching! MOAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
Thanks so much for reading kittens! Please feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions!