I was in a coffee shop in downtown Cincinnati when I saw this young lady sitting alone across the room. Whether she deliberately chose to sit next to the globe or not, the scene struck me. I was moved by the depth of emotion and solitude she was expressing with her body language. I wanted to go over and ask if everything was ok, but at the same time, could tell that she chose that empty spot, facing away from the room on purpose. I was left to contemplate the scene in my imagination.
I found myself thinking of how sometimes we get so hurt by the people we know and the circumstances around us that we choose to turn away from the world. We turn away from those that we love and who love us, and sometimes, that we fail to see the bigger picture. I know in times of stress, I too turn inward and away from the very people who might be able to help me.
I don’t know her story. Maybe she was perfectly fine and just looking down at her phone… But in that coffee shop, whether she knew it or not, she moved me.
I stole a slice of her time with my camera, then left her undisturbed. I wish I had asked her if everything was ok…maybe in that moment, I was too turned inward, and it was really me who had turned away from the world…