Whether it’s along a corridor, across a car park, or down a street, next time you’re walking somewhere, try and be conscious of where your gaze is directed.
You could be surprised. We may believe that we’re properly looking around us, yet often our focus is on a notional spot somewhere between the long-distance and the immediately in front of us.
In fact we’re not really consciously looking at anything, but are instead probably thinking about stuff we have to do, conversations we’ve just had, or simply life’s general hassles.
I bet you didn’t do this when you were a kid though.
If there was a caterpillar to be seen, you’d spot it. If a woman with an unusual hair-do hove into view, you’d remark on it (probably a bit too loudly). If a dog was barking, you’d hear it.
Somehow as we get older we stop taking notice of simple things, and this is a pity because being aware of them can lead to little moments of joy.
As a child there were probably times when you were giddy from drinking in fresh sights, sounds and smells.
How about trying to recapture these sensations today if you’re out and about?
(Perhaps keep your thoughts to yourself, however, if the woman with the green hair is accompanied by a large gentleman with tattoos.)