March 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday: CROWD



Today I'm linking up to write for five minutes with the prompt: CROWD.  Join me?


If you asked me point blank if I liked living in a big city, my answer would be a resounding yes.  I love the amenities of world class museums, excellent restaurants and manicured parks.  I enjoy using public transportation, walking and riding my bike. I am fascinated by observing and getting to know people who are very different from me and see the world through another lens.

When I really stop and think though, I am often attempting to find solace in the middle of a crowded world.  I listen to music while walking to and from errands and activities. I make it a point to visit my favorite museum by myself.  My favorite meals are often prepared in the comfort of my own home.  I love the self-checkout at the grocery store because it means I can go at my own pace and not be forced to interact with an outsider.

Sometimes I feel guilty when I think about how I spend time inside my own head—shouldn’t I always strive to reach out to others?  Go the extra mile to connect?  The truth is, I already do that often—and sometimes, I just need to be me in a crowd, just doing my own thing.  I strive to maintain my inner voice; lest it be drowned out.

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I'm linking up today on Lisa Jo Baker's page.  If you're interested in participating in Five Minute Friday, you can find out more about it here.

6 comments:

  1. Emily, I appreciate what you've written here. You reminded me that my inner voice always has to be louder than the noise that comes from the crowd. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Valerie, that's a great way to put it. I always feel better when I re-group and listen to what I know matters. :)

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  2. That inner voice tends to find me more when I am in a crowd. The noise or drone of large groups of people leaves me lost, not knowing where to connect. Too many conversations and I want to be a part of them all, but I can't, so I tend to withdrawl inside my head and watch the world around me. And as to this "I am often attempting to find solace in the middle of a crowded world," this is why I write. Thanks for sharing! #FMF

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    1. Yes! I want to have meaningful conversations and in a crowd I feel like I can't always do that. I've told myself before, "Just focus on having 3 good conversations instead of 25 'small talk' conversations." Thank you for your words!

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  3. I LOVE this. Finding solace in a crowded world- so hard, but so important to me! I'm glad you're back to blogging more =)

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    1. Yes! Do you feel this being in NYC now versus MS? I'd love your perspective. And thank you--it's great to be back and blogging!

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