Exactly how are we almost at the end of August, already? I could’ve sworn it was just a minute or two ago I was clinking ceremonious glasses of punch with friends in recognition of the new year that had just arrived, and now we’re two thirds of the way through it…
In the absence of a burning main topic to write about this month, here are a couple of bits and pieces…
Something to Consider…
This week I came across an article on Social Media about a Chinese couple who realised that – unbeknownst many years earlier – they had both been in the same place at the same time, within just a few feet of each other, having their pictures taken. They had only realised this by looking through old photographs later on…
In lives where we are meeting new people all the time I often marvel about the scope for similar instances of this. Every day we are encountering other people in passing wherever we go; in years from now, will any of them ever become anything more to us than that? Who’s to know whether those we know and are close with now weren’t once people we just passed by on the street? People we moved into single file for (perhaps grudgingly!) on the pavement? People we beeped our car horns at in moments of frustration? People with whom we bemoaned the speed of the queue in the bank?
It fascinates me no end and I do believe that it happens more often than we realise… so, maybe pay close attention to the next person you pass…and those ‘moody people in the background’ which invariably feature in every photograph… as perhaps one day, they will one day turn out to mean much, much more to you…!
The Joy of Random Memory Recall
I love those moments when memories of incidents that made you laugh come flashing back into mind through no real logic at all, and have that same impact all over again.
There’s absolutely no reason why yesterday, whilst sat on a motionless Tube train, I suddenly remembered a lunchtime from way back in year 7 when an 11 year old I had clocked that the form tutor had accidentally typed ‘Jucy’ instead of ‘Lucy’ on the birthday list which was pinned to the class notice board. That’s a memory from almost 20 years ago which in the large scheme of life had the significance of even less than a small plop in world’s oceans, but that had friends and I in tears of laughter for what was literally days when we first saw it, and which still raises a smile so many years later, brightening up an otherwise uneventful Tube journey.
Nothing quite cost-effective like a recycled giggle!
You Know You’re in Your ’30s When…
…An evening out with your mates consists of taking your KFC to a local lake and singing Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ at the top of your voices whilst looking out over the water as the sun sets. Who needs bars and clubs anymore, hey?!
Song of the Day: Socratic – Curtain Call
Good ol’ New Jersey indie-rock. Really like this one.
And as the plows drive by,
Oh I can hear a hum in the night,
past the lights on city hall,
loneliness takes its curtain call.
I’m left with me and my need to believe,
It’s a wonderful life, afterall…