As the train departed the platform, a young lady sat down in the seat beside me. She smiled and I went back to reading my magazine.
As more passengers boarded at the next station, a young gentleman approached the the lady sitting next to me and said hello. She smiled and responded and went back to scrolling through her iPhone.
He then asked if she was going to work or uni, and she once again politely replied she was heading to uni, and left it at that.
At this point I thought they may have known one another, but the next few questions made me shelve that logic.
He asked if she had a boyfriend and then if she was living at home. Her replies were more blunt and it was obvious she didn’t know this guy from a bar of soap.
The next question had me doing a double take. He asked how much rent she paid. Her response was that it was a personal matter. He nodded and moved away and got off at the next station.
Once he was off, she looked at me, shrugged, smiled and went back to her iPhone.
It’s times like this that we shouldn’t talk to strangers.
Nonetheless, a very interesting way to start my day, to say the least.
With so many ways to stay in touch with people, we are never more than the click of a button or a dial of a number to communicate with a friend, locally or internationally.
But even with so many friends, there are times when we feel so alone. No matter where we are or who is around us. It’s a state of mind.
There is nothing wrong with feeling afraid in times of solitude, it makes us human. And human frailty is what defines us in this world.
It’s ok to be afraid to be alone. But don’t let that fear stop you from making the most of that time. Sit back, relax and take the time the see what’s really happening in your own little world. You will be surprised at what you discover about yourself, and others.