I have been side-tracked.
You have seen me.
I was watching my feet as I walked. You stood and watched me.
You could see the tension in my shoulders. You could tell that my hands were fists even though they were buried deep-down in my coat pockets.
You wondered what the weight was that I carried on my shoulders. You wondered if the realisation of my own mortality was bearing down on me. You wondered if something I had hoped for, longed for, had passed me by.
You wondered if I had become side tracked; lost my way; spent too many years thinking about living and not enough time being a part of life.
There was something familiar about the way I walked, you decided. The word ‘downtrodden’ entered your mind.
This word, downtrodden, made you think of your own life. You had had dreams once, dreams of a career and of being creative. When you were young you had felt as if you were in a mighty ocean of opportunities.
What happened to your dreams, you wondered. You looked at me walking past, you looked inside yourself as you stood there, and you found that your ocean of opportunity had been replaced by a sea of longing.
You have been side-tracked.
I have seen you.