Let’s face it, some things are just better in the dark (or at least dim lighting), and while at the gym last week that became all too clear. I’ve been recovering from an injury so the pool has been my best friend. When I arrived at the gym I found that it was closed for its spring cleaning. It was night and all the lights were off outside, but I saw the jacuzzi was still open and available. This turned out to be one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve had in quite some time. There were a couple of other people in the jacuzzi with me, but since it was dark, I didn’t really eve notice them. I was able to enjoy my solitude even with others around me.
When I think about this, it relates quite a bit to how many of use live our lives these days with many of our social interactions losing their face to face quality as we move through life watching others on Facebook and Twitter. We know those people are there, we can see them, but we don’t have to look them in the eye. We have the ability to live in our own little world where we can interact, ignore, like and dislike without every leaving the safety of our quite secluded darkness.
So I returned to the gym this week intent to have my relaxing solitude experience once again only to face a stark reality. The pool wasn’t closed for spring cleaning anymore and all the lights were on. I got into the jacuzzi and found myself in a circle of people I did not know with all of us simply staring at each other. No one spoke and it brought me right back to what I had been thinking about our lack of real human interaction. Eventually my old non-digital ways resurfaced from somewhere deep inside my subconscious and I struck up a conversation with another woman in the jacuzzi. Turned out our kids had gone to the same pre-school and we knew a number of the same people. We ended our conversation with plans to have coffee next week.
Just goes to show that sometimes shining a little light on things can change your whole perspective.