Do you have portable music player such as iPod or the like?
Do you travel to places in city with public transportation?
If you answer yes for both question, what do you do when you’re at it especially if you travel long time to a farther place? Do you put the earphones on and hear to music player you have?
I used to do that when I was alone. What other choices do we have, right? I was not comfort and not interested in to observing people around me (read: strangers) especially in short distance. We could always look and observe outside to see for the view but that would be boring if the view outside is our daily sight.
I also used to read books in moving vehicle, but I didn’t want to do that anymore. Therefore the portable music player became handy. Yes, I was (and still am) that socially awkward :p.
Some of us think what’s the use of our handphones if not to use it in waiting in public transportation until we reach our destination. We don’t have to think whether we need to smile or to talk to people next to us while our eyes are glued to our handphones’ screen.
But we actually could see and hear more than we could do. Put our earphones, book, handphone, or whatever barrier we get from stopping us to interact with the surrounding down, and hear them. And see them. We are social creatures after all.
Real interaction with real people is alot warmer than interact through technology. There are lots of talented street musicians out there. There are lots of true artists who will still play their instruments whether people are hearing them or not. There are people who play music not because of their job but because they want to speak out their heart and mind, because of their soul.
Did you realize that?
Put our earphones on, read our books, play our handphones, but please kindly put them down when we see any street musicians come approach us. Simply hear them and they’ll be really grateful to us.
Care to try? 🙂