I love observing people though not necessarily talking to them. It’s as though a live drama is unfolding right in front of you. Many people, many emotions , different locales , and lots to ponder, smile and sometimes burst out loud but can’t due to public reaction.
The venues are many . An airport, railway station, bus, metro, shopping malls, or even your own homes!
Scene: shopping malls.
Families, singles, couples, boyfriends girlfriends. People come in all forms . Try observing them.
Families generally are loud . Thanks to the kids accompanying them. There’s complete chaos with what needs to be purchased, how much time would it take to get the shopping done and run back home , and with the kid sometimes getting lost in the crowd . The husband being grumpy and the wife walking a mile behind avoiding his treacherous looks and talks. If all is good then they would be walking together with hands entwined like lovers in their sweet 16’s. Kids demanding stuffs which are politely refused by some mature parents and some ending up spanking the poor child showing absolutely no civility.
The husbands wander off to some sections of the mall doing their shopping alone and checking out some other ladies in the absence of their wives and the wives trying to catch attention of some others when husband isn’t watching and aren’t around them and all that effort goes down the drain when the kids come running to them saying papa , mamma and they are drawn back to reality. Sigh!
The singles are more focused . They come with the idea of what they want and execute their aim and purpose of their visit . One can see them sitting by themselves at some coffee shops with their laptops , immersed in their work , oblivious to anything around them or reading a book amidst all that chaos but peace within themselves.
Next comes the love birds. They seem to be in a world of their own , holding hands , smiling and occasionally glancing towards each other as though the world has come to a stand still and only they exist. *Heart beats and guitar playing in the background* type situation.
The female would be endlessly chattering and her lover is bound to listen to her banter without complaining as he checks out other girls who walk by and might be thinking to himself,” what have I done to deserve this!!” And then they enter some cafe or restaurant where things suddenly escalate between them and he’s seen trying to pacify and make her happy while she intentionally plays hard to be comforted and the poor guy is at his wit’s end as to what to do next!
And how can anyone miss those annoying sales persons who try to lure the people who walk by to try out their marketed perfume or try out an experience on the massage chair explaining for a good half an hour how it would turn out to be an heavenly ordeal!
And some of them yelling and creating a ruckus with some service which wasn’t given to them in their expected ways and they experiencing a rise in their dopamine, endorphin, oxytocin and serotonin levels and feeling good while everyone else thinks what a moronic person that was!!!
And when you’re done with all your shopping having observed all these people and heading towards home , you think to yourself , ” Am I better or worse” and with no definite answers to it and once again get prepared to observe and marvel at human nature while it takes us to yet another destination with something interesting which tends to shake, rattle and giggle us humans and that’s called journey of life! Enjoy.