People on the train
Staring at cell phones blankly
When do people think?
So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.
Today during the Matinee shift (I work at a number of theatres) I served somewhere between 5-10 people in an hour. I spent this time meandering behind the bar bopping to ‘Chain of Fools’ and ‘Mustang Sally;’ boredom- drinking copious amounts of water; and people watching. During this memorable people-watching soirée I noticed a particular elderly man who was waiting for a friend/partner for around 15 minutes. I couldn’t look away, yet he was doing nothing except standing. It was beautiful whilst the people around him were drawn to their mobile phones, their beverages, one another. This man wet his lips a few times, cleaned his glasses with a handkerchief, adjusted his shirt and just looked peacefully around his surroundings in anticipation of his friends’ arrival and the upcoming performance. It was refreshing to see this man in such utter contentment, just standing and waiting.
People say this a lot of my generation that we are glued to our phones and so on; but I cannot judge silly Instagram girls for their silly social presences without taking a look at the toll all of this has had on myself. I am a person who loves to read and loves to write and express. I studied Journalism and once wanted nothing more than to write for a Metro newspaper overseas. Now I find it difficult to focus on a novel for more than 15-30 minutes without getting up to check my phone; play Sims (this is not a joke); listen to music or otherwise occupy myself. I am starving right now, might go find some food to consume. I’m not sure where this rant stemmed from. X
Photographer Peter Hegre did the whole world a favour when he decided to upload a set of photos of his wife in 2012. A talented yoga instructor, Hegre got her to pose in some of her favourite positions in a tasteful display of talent.