Moments that Make you Smile.
Today started out in quite a slow fashion, my mind viciously refusing me to be productive in an increasingly annoying fashion. My plan was to research some more before getting into my project properly, hardening up by background knowledge before jumping out into the field for actual practical study. However, my brain was uncharacteristically against the idea of doing research and instead diverted my eyes longingly to the bright, warm weather that greeted Falmouth outside. Feeling the overwhelming urge within me which surfaces a couple times a week, to walk around the bright, warm streets of Falmouth and people watch, I decided to do so. It seemed like a suitable way and time to start the practical section of my project, and so decided to go with this idea. So I packed my lunch, money, headphones, phones, tobacco and notepad and made my way out of the house.
I headed first to Gylly beach, deciding to sit on the benches along the grass staring out at the beach. My headphones blaring the usual post-hangover over-emotional rap music that I was guilty of listening to on a far too regular basis, I looked out across the beach at the selection of unknown faces. Families, middle-aged couples, OAP’s, students with your friends, graduates and workers just trying to get away from the busyness of their lives for the brief one hour break they had for lunch. So many people, so many different life stories now and in the future, all gathered on one beach at the same time by absolute chance. Everyone too self-involved in their lives and things around them to realise this phenomenal coincidence. But maybe it’s not a phenomenal coincidence, maybe that’s just the way my brain works and my love of theatre and ideology coming out. I came here for the beauty of random chance meetings however, not just purely different people being in the same place.
I was extremely lucky to see two up-close interesting stranger meetings which I wish to share with you readers. First off there was this girl sat alone on the beach, a couple of feet away from me, her legs crossed and her eyes aimed out towards the sea. Her body language suggested that she was upset and feeling lonely, the slow back and forth motion of her pulling her cigarette away and towards her mouth seeming sad. Obviously I am not a body-language expert, so cannot wholly confirm that this was in fact definitely the case. But that’s the feeling I got. Anyway, she was sat there alone on the grass, not near anyone. There were times where I would have gone up and engaged her in conversation, but it wasn’t an option today. I am aware of my ability to talk to strangers, so I needed to wait to see if someone else stepped up to the challenge. After about ten minutes, this young guy walks past her, and begins to slow his pace as he stares down at her. I watch him weigh up the decision in his mind before turning towards her and asking if she was okay. She looked up at him immediately, almost as if she had been waiting all this time for someone to approach her and ask how she was. They exchanged tepid conversation for a couple of seconds until she revealed to him that she was upset, and had come to the beach to clear her head and find someone to talk to. Like a true gentleman, the guy swung his bag off his shoulder and remarked that he had no where he needed to be before sitting down on the beach next to the girl. I didn’t want to eavesdrop on their conversation so I made myself scarce, equipped with a smile on my face. It had been an encounter I’d saw potential in but had gone miles better than I thought. This is why I want to do this project, moments like that.
Feeling inspired as anything now, and another post will be up over the next few days.