Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cattle Car


I was on the metro on my way to work with the rest of humanity. It was a typical winter's Monday morning. People wore grim faces with their dark winter coats and bed hair, most likely unwashed, judging by the stale scent of Sunday that hung in the air.

One Chinese guy boarded in one of the stations and immediately caught my eye. He smiled at everyone, a stark contrast to the long faces around him. He started tapping the ring on his finger against the overhead railing, as he bobbed his head to the beat of some music in his head.

The crowd around him quickly parted, and I heard more than a few people whisper the word "crazy". As I stared at the man and rest of us in the cattle car, I wondered if soundness of mind is really defined by the behavior of the majority. I plugged in my headphones, selected a playlist, and started tapping my foot, trying to find my rhythm for the week ahead.

9 comments:

bien said...

normal, abnormal. conformity can be boring no?

alltogethernow
"sinong dakila, sino ang tunay na baliw" charot


Seannn, na-miss kita.

Kiks said...

very Hong Kong...

although some whiteys thought us crazy for talking by ourselves when we were actually on hands-free.

conformity is, indeed, boring. and utterly annoying.

welcome back, sean. i join bien in missing you.

ZaiZai said...

ang cute :) ganyan din ako minsan, nagsasalita pa nga ako magisa e :) happy new year sean!

Mac Callister said...

Cute kaya yun ganun haha deadma nalang sa madla!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

sometimes, it would be better if we pretend to be little insane to be happy. who cares! :-)

JJRod'z

egG. said...

ayos lang yun... ako nga palageng nakangiti kapag mag-isa lang.. para daw akong baliw... hihihihi :D

Lalaki Daw Po said...

nice post.. according naman dun sa veronica decides to die na book ni paulo coelho na nabasa ko..


"I'll just say that insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas. It's as if you were in a foreign country, able to see and understand everything that's going on around you but incapable of explaining what you need to know or of being helped, because you don't understand the language they speak there."


and lastly, favorite quote..

"And all of us, one way or another, are insane."

KikomaxXx said...

di namna siguro.. happy lang yung tao... napakajudgemental naman...

Leomer Apolonio said...

Wow, Lalaki Daw Po's comment amazed me. Oo nga naman, we're all but insane. We just know how to handle it normally. :)

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