I’m invisible, look at me standing six feet away from you, in line, in the supermarket, at the post office, at the pharmacy. See me? Helloooo.
Umph! Just look at them. He’s this, and she’s that, and they’re like, whatever… I’m like, seriously? You have got to be kidding me! Really….?
Well, alrighty then.. I see.
I am like a sponge. I soak it all up. I take it all in. I pay attention to detail. I carry the responsibility of being invisible squarely on my shoulders as I continue to look; to watch and fantasize about the people I see. I wonder who they are, where they’re from and where they are going. I make quick assessments and snap judgments about them. I make up stories, and laugh or frown at the outcome of the machinations of my overactive imagination. I marvel at the world, the people in it and the diversity of the folks coming and going about their daily lives.
Every person is a unique manifestation of the creation of mankind. Each of us are magnificent specimens of the species.
People watching is a safe, non-invasive, free and most of all, fun thing to do. It is highly entertaining so I include it in my wellness toolbox. Wellness tools are things/activities that one enjoys doing.
Our motto at PEERS is; Love More – Judge Less. Even though I try not to judge, I make judgments. Judging less is a hopeful and wishful idea but as humans, judging is innate and in many cases a survival tool.
Loving more is a noble thought; great in concept and loving more is purely subjective. How do I love more? Who do I love more? When I look at the world around me it is plain to see that loving more is complicated with all of the conflicting information, bad news and points of view.
So, I watch people. I notice their body language and the looks on their faces. I can even sometimes feel their energy. I know that everybody is somebody and everybody has the right to be themselves including me.
Maybe you will add people watching to your wellness toolbox. Subconsciously we watch folks all of the time. Try doing it intentionally and see what happens. Have fun with it and notice how you feel.
Learn more about Wellness Tools in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, WRAP®. Join one of our weekly groups on Mondays or Fridays. For more information call PEERS at 510-832-87337