The coffee shop is a place to be quiet, on your phone or reading a paper. Or, it is a place to be loud, on your phone or with friends and family. I come down here on a regular basis to write and work. I get caught in the crossfire of the loud conversations. Why should I have to deal with them on my own?
It must be a quiet news day. I can’t hear anyone blaming the worlds’ problems on China, the unemployed or the EU. There are some conversations on energy bills, with lots of gesticulating and raised voices, but I can’t quite make out the words. They seem to have turned up the music on the speaker system.
There is some news from a group of ladies of a certain age, gathered together over their small Lattes. ‘Someone is moving into that house at the end… well, they took the sign down.’ I love a good bit of assumption.
There is a little conversation about how much the top earners at the BBC are getting from another couple. ‘One month of that wage would be enough.’ I’m not sure to which BBC employee the man is referring, but it made me think how we see things in our perspective. We go on what we earn, what we have. The more you earn, the more you spend or invest. Quite often what we have is seen as just a little less than what we need, wherever we are on the scale. Part of my minimalist vision is to try and see things differently, to not ‘need’ more. I fail most days.
Time for another cup of coffee.