I hope you’re okay.

How many times have you asked someone you don’t know if they’re okay? I’m willing to bet it’s a lot, for we are not a well balanced race. Did you know that walking is the act of us constantly falling and catching ourselves at the last second? And when we run, we leave the fuckin’ ground man… do you have any idea how much room for error there is in our most primal form of transportation? I’ve seen the odd trip, bump and slip in my time. I’ve even seen a guy fall out of a parked car. Why just today I witnessed a woman walk into a phone box.

No I think you misunderstand me, she didn’t walk into the phone box, she walked into the phone box.

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I hope you're okay.

It was one of the strangest acts of sheer obliviousness I’ve ever witnessed, I was a good 10 – 15 feet behind her, and something just wasn’t making sense. At just 8 or so steps away from the box I notice she wasn’t slowing down, her pace did not alter and she was making no motions to signal that she was about to open the door… she was just walking, as if nothing was about to get in her way.

*THWUMP*. I was speechless, I honestly couldn’t believe what I’d just seen.

“Are you okay?”

She was fine, giddy… in fact. I try to make light of the situation and show her how a phone box door works. “I recommend opening this first next time”, she is not pleased, but she is okay.

I carried on down the road, and started thinking… what if they ever said “No”? Then I thought about the noise you’d get during the installation of a sound proof room… but that’s neither here nor there. I mean, of all the times you’ve asked someone if they’re okay, how many have said no?

“Err, … ah, I have to be honest, I was not expecting that”

It’s not that I don’t care… wait, no… yes it is, I don’t care. Asking you if you’re okay is just a reaction, let’s not kid ourselves here, there’s no possible way I could care about someone I don’t know. Is that bad?

Although, it is entirely possible that I simply haven’t witnessed anything I should care about yet, perhaps when the day comes… when someone lays there with something majorly not right with them… when that day comes, maybe I’ll see the pain in their eyes, the scared expression upon their innocent face, knowing that they need me to be there, to call an ambulance, to tell them that even though you can see the bone, it’s really not that bad, perhaps then I’ll care.

And I can also kiss goodbye to whatever I was planning on doing before I saw you fall on your ass, fuck… I sincerely hope you’re okay.

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Exactly my point!.. err

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