Have you ever just sat somewhere and just observed your surroundings?
. . .
Ya, me neither.
…Until a few hours ago…
And, that’s what I’m gonna talk about in this weekend’s coffee share because a few days ago I saw this one-word prompt idea, and the word was surroundings. So, during that day, I couldn’t help but observe my surroundings. And, here’s what I noticed:
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1- I was just sitting on the bus, when I realized that I never actually notice my surroundings. I’m usually just looking out the window, listening to music & waiting to arrive at my stop; just like most of the people I’m noticing right now.
2- I’m seeing all these people on the bus, heading to different places, with a different purpose.
They’re all, either, reading the newspaper, reading a book, texting, listening to music, sleeping, eating breakfast, etc.
3- I’m hearing some people talk about their week, if they know each other from seeing each other everyday.
4- I’m realizing that we are all sitting (or standing, if it’s crowded) on this bus for the same reason (to get somewhere).
5- All I can really understand is that we all need to get somewhere, & we don’t want to drive, or we don’t own a car.
6- I feel weird watching people because no one really interacts (except for the handful of people that do). But, I guess everyone is in their own world, so they won’t even notice someone starring at them (I’m not really starring, just glancing at people around me). They probably don’t even know I’m looking at them.
7- From watching everyone, I’m starting to just realize that we’re all just tired from our day & we just want to get home (Or it’s too early to interact with other humans).
All this, noticing my surroundings in this bus, got me thinking; What if the bus was free, & the only catch was that you had to talk to someone until your stop (at least just say hi)?
Just for some insight…
Where I live, the bus cost is $2.50. And, most people take the bus twice a day (to and from work), at least 5 to 6 days per week. That’s $25-$30 dollars every week. Which adds up to $100-$120 dollars per month.
So, in other words, everyone on this bus spends around $100 every month to sit and stare out the window. But, I now realize that it’s cheaper than gas for your car; and you’re technically saving the environment.
So, observing my surroundings made me realize that even though everyone seems to just be sitting in their own little bubble on the bus waiting to get to their stop, they are all contributing to saving the environment. And with gas prices now, they are actually saving money.
So, everyone I’ve observed on this bus actually have more in common than I thought.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and gave you some food for thought about perspective on the little & overlooked things in life.
*Your surroundings are important; don’t overlook them; they can teach you a lot!*