Stray Dog Revolution
Today was my fourth day reflecting on not seeing my reflection, and it was quite a day of avoidance. Spent most of the day in an airport, avoiding the reflecting windows and the airport bathroom mirrors. I have to say, it's getting to be second nature to look away. In fact, this morning in my bathroom, I looked up and realized I was standing right in front of the mirror. My immediate and automatic reaction was to look away, which surprised me. It's only been 4 days and I've already adjusted to this new normal. Makes me think about what other habits I could make normal in just a few days...
This morning in the airport bathroom, something bizarre happened. A woman in the stall next to me got stuck in her stall. She was an slightly older lady, who I'm guessing didn't speak english as her first language. She began calling out, "Help! I'm stuck!" over and over, in a bit of a panic. I was zipping up while all this went down, and as I walk out, there are several women trying to figure out what to do. One of them wants to go get someone that works in the airport. As I'm avoiding eye contact with the mirror, I'm thinking to myself, "Seriously? Just slide under the stall and help her." So that's what I did.
She was surprised as I slid under but I immediately got the door open for her as it wasn't really stuck. Still don't know what happened, but she clearly got confused. Anyway, she thanked me profusely and went on with her day. It just had me thinking about how slow people are to react and respond in situations. I mean, it was a no brainer for me to just slide under, but maybe it's because I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and am physically able. Regardless, it's not every day you get to be a real life superhero. It might be silly, but it felt pretty good.
All I need now is a cape.