I used to commute to London on a daily basis – rushing for the train and tube, battling through the crowds.
The key to success was having a contingency plan in case of train cancellation or just a delayed arrival of my favourite train.
Since I stopped commuting I only travel into London by train about once a month to meet friends or to attend the odd exhibition (not literally!).
So yesterday I set off early, and ended up on a fairly busy, off peak train.
I usually take a book to read or headphones for music but yesterday I decided to just sit and relax and just see what everyone was doing.
There was the usual smartphone contingent, glued to their screens, tapping at their keyboards with some urgency. Some smiling, some not.
There was the headphone brigade either listening to music or watching a video on their phones. Some nodding their heads, some tapping their feet.
Very few people looked up.
Nobody had conversations.
I noticed interesting clothing styles and colour combinations.
I saw bold shoe selections which often seemed at variance to a clothing style.
But hey why not be bold and individual?
I saw quite a few people who looked very tired and drawn.
I saw many building projects in progress alongside the rail track.
I smelt a range of delightful perfumes and aftershaves as people got out of their seats to leave the train.
I used to miss all this in my hectic commuter days.
What do you see as you rush through life?
It’s a very interesting and absorbing world out there.
Don’t miss it …