October 11, 2007
i was at a bus stop recently with another American. There was a Korean lady sitting next to us who suddenly got up and walked off briskly. The American i was with said “i bet she knows something we don’t know”. Turns out she was right. i felt sort of like that today as i was walking downtown here. It was a pretty narrow squeeze where i ended up walking behind a really old man. He was practically standing still! i tried to pass him but the sidewalk was too narrow. So, i went onto the road to get around him. i say this man was walking so slow because i’m not even that fast of a walker usually. i mean i guess you could say i’m about medium paced. In fact, when i passed the man, shortly thereafter i heard someone gaining on me as a girl around my age walked past.
Anyhow, i got to thinking: does this man know something i don’t know? i mean he’s definately been around a lot longer than me. Granted his body is well failing him as anyone’s body tends to do with age. So i guess the question should be why does time slow us down? Why are things designed that way? Also, i wonder, even though the man can’t much help it that he walks so dadgum slow, i wonder if he sort of sighs at all of us rushing by.