Thursday, August 14, 2008

Airport Humanity

Airports are great places to watch people. The roomies and I went to the airport last night to see our beloved Rach. There is such energy at airports. As a people-watcher it is a great place to be. It is so beautiful to see travelers welcomed by loved ones. Everyone is tired and anxious and exhausted, yet they come down the elevator and their faces light up in smiles at the sight of the one waiting for them. Meanwhile, the one waiting grows with excitement as the traveler gets closer and closer. Seeing all of this joy and love between people of all walks of life gives you hope in humanity again.
Every time I am at the airport I love to watch people say hello to each other and say goodbye. The range of emotions is fascinating. I always want to know their stories. Where are they going? Who are they going to see? Are they glad to be leaving? Who are they leaving? Why? I want to know all about them. It is like a puzzle of sorts. This happens to me in all situations, but I am especially heightened to it at airports and Disneyland. Two places full of a mix of people and stories and connections.
Observing people and analyzing their emotions and actions is so amazing to me. You’d be surprised how much you can learn by watching and listening. People give away so much about themselves in the details. Try it. Try to watch and listen. Look at the way people stand by each other, touch each other, look at their faces when they speak, watch their body language. Listen to what they say, how they react, watch their facial expressions, listen to their tone. It is easier than you may think and much more addicting than you probably think.
Life is in the details, and life is more fun when you take note.

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