I travelled into London this morning by train. I arrive at Paddington, a busy station in the rush hour.
Leaving the train I noticed something I have experience before, but usually I am irritated by it, whereas this time I was curious.
As I stepped from the train, I found myself bumping into fellow travellers. Passengers who had exited the train from an adjacent door or another carriage further down the train; these people were passing along the platform ‘hugging the train’, rather than choosing to move to the centre of a wide concourse, away from disembarking passengers.
I was struck by this behaviour and the potential metaphors for human existence and interaction…
Staying close to where we’ve come from, our roots.
Not exposing ourselves in the throng of humanity and diversity.
Taking the shortest route in life.
Focusing on self and not noticing others.
Being in our own head and not present in the moment.
Staying protected and safe: using a train as a barrier.
Travelling tried and tested paths; the route the train took.
Seeking the beginning or end of our journey.
They seemed plentiful. I may stay curious.