Thursday, September 15, 2005

commonplace


The city is dense with tourists and stars. On my way to work this morning I saw people that were clearly new to the city, looking around, taking everything in. It is a summer September day and I am a part of the city.

When I go away, I too drink in everything I see. Since I can remember, wherever I go, I am captivated by and in envy of the people who belong, doing their normal everyday things. I wonder what it would feel like to be them, going to work, running errands, impatient under the weight of a world so unfamiliar to me. Somehow the mundane becomes exotic. The people I watch are not aware of the significance of their lives, just as I seldom see my life as unusual. But this morning I did.

Seeing people seeing me living this life, in this place and moment, was exhilarating.

4 comments:

Rob Lowe said...

Great thought, beautifully captured. I kind of think there are as many worlds as people on the planet. We all see things differently. We all have secrets, we all experience the same things in completely separate ways. It makes me feel a bit lonely. And horny. But, that's me.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the words Rob Lowe. I look forward to reading your blog.

ChapFu said...

i completely know how you feel. i'm definitely seeing myself through the eyes of the world as of late.

Rachel said...

Chapfu, you back yet?