A light early morning drizzle comes to rest gently on my face.
I close the front door and breathe deeply.
Pressing play, my short journey begins. I take the shortcut though the passageway towards the common. ‘No Doubt’ comes playing out of my earphones. It seems that lately I’ve been listening to this album on a loop. In years to come, I wonder if the memories of now will come flooding back the second I hear these songs again.
An old lady comes shuffling along in the opposite direction. With a half-full shopping bag, she looks up at me. We catch each other’s eye, and for a few seconds we are connected. Her face is gentle and kind.
And in our fleeting moment together, we smile.
Everything seems to suddenly stop. Then, as she slips out of view, I wonder what she has experienced in life: her hopes, her dreams, her lessons.
I am lost in my thoughts as I continue onwards.
I see the man at the bus stop holding his son’s hand – I think of my dad. I see the lady pushing a newborn baby – I think of my friend. I see the guy who looks like someone I once loved – I wonder where he is now.
Flashes of moments come and go in the drizzle – a Saturday morning stroll through my past.
And as I arrive at the small supermarket, I wonder where my new friend is – the man who sells the Big Issue, with a face that could light up a room, is not there. Maybe I will see him next week.
I suddenly smile thinking about all the people in my life – the people who have been there right from the beginning, and the ones who will be there right at the end.
And then there are those who I have yet to meet…