How vague is that? "An Observation." Well, you can blame the imagination waterhole; it seems to have dried up... kinda like the potato wedges I got from a Wal-Mart the other day. It was rather horrific. But enough yabba dabba do, lets hear this observation.
I'm a commuter student; so I, you know, commute. The drive seems to relax me, and most of the time you just zone out as the vehicle handles the curves of the road. But on some days, when you somehow are able to be alert without a injection of coffee, other things seem to jump out at you. I suppose we don't think about it much, but the quantity of cars on the road astounds me. Different makes, models, colors, and of course, occupants. The diversity of people in their Fords or Toyotas or the occasional sanitation truck. Some are paying attention to the road, some yapping on their headsets or nom nom noming a burger. Some look angry, depressed, elated, or the ever popular "blank stare".
But as further proof that I think way too much, I start to delve deeper into this. I wonder what dreams, deadlines and due dates are swimming around people's minds as they drive like they are being pursued or navigating a minefield. I have my worries, I complain about stuff, and I think I have my flaws like everyone else. But when we step out of our egocentric world for just a minute, consider this. The roads, the highways, the skies; they buzz with people in their planes, trains, and cars. You might like to think that some people seem to come off an assembly line, but I doubt it. Everyone has something about them that you would probably never guess. We complain and bicker about many things, but you know the people that drive past you everyday? The strangers around you when your in a crowd? Your profs, the mailman, the cashier, the guy working tech support? One of them is bound to have much bigger problems than you and I do. So lets count to three, take a deep breath, and let that soak into our noggins.
We all have our troubles, and if you say your worry free then your obviously living on a mountain with an endless supply of food, water, and a broadband connection. But while the human brain will hear some things and remember them for a lifetime, there are some important lessons that we need to constantly remind ourselves of. We are egocentric by nature, I freely admit it. But to project yourself outside of your own domain, and attempt to understand the experiences of others... its a real eye-opener. So remember, for all the bad luck that you feel life has thrown our way, there is without a doubt another person who is suffering even more. While assuming things about people is incredibly easy, there is always more to the story.
Fin. Got an opinion on this? Lets hear it.
A not very timely note
This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.
- G. Jan 2013
- G. Jan 2013