As I start my journey home, my mind wanders into a different universe. I watch the beautiful autumn bare trees surrounded by the fallen leaves, and although I’m stuck inside a train, I can almost feel the autumn breeze and fresh smell. I’m a people watcher, always have been. I enjoy imagining stories up in my head about a particular persons day. The man sitting alone two seats ahead, wearing a smart blue suit, has just attended an interview in the city. He is smiling, as it went very well. He most definitely will be celebrating tonight, with the hope that tomorrow afternoon he will get that anticipated call that he got the job he has very much aspired for. The older man sitting across from me is also in his suit, this one a little darker – almost black. He has just finished work, possibly for the last time. He has finally retired from his nine to five job, and feels accomplished. He too will be celebrating tonight. The young boy siting in front of me is working hard on his laptop. He is a casual dressed university student, trying to beat that deadline. He is very stressed, even contemplating quitting, but he pulls through and gets the work done. He figures that a little work will pay of in the end.
The point of this post isn’t to play imaginary friends with my fellow passengers, but to make the point that you never truly know what is going on in someone else’s life. You see, the man in the blue suit didn’t do well in the interview, the smile is to hide the tears and shame. Instead of celebrating, he intends on going home and crying himself to sleep, he sees no future for himself. The older gentleman did not retire today, in fact he received news that he will not be able to retire for at least another ten years, and due to company shortage, he will receive a pay cut. Instead of celebrating, he has to go home and tell his family the bad news. The young student is actually one week late past the deadline, and is stressed beyond relief. Instead of celebrating tonight, he is planning to commit suicide. He wants to end the struggling that he feels is his everyday life.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, has something going on in their lives. Just remember, next time someone is rude to you, knocks you on the street, or distances themselves for a while, that they may be suffering. Be the bigger person and take it with a pinch of salt, be kind.