I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Manchester lately and I noted yesterday as I waited at the traffic lights there’s one big difference, in my view. Anonymity. Being inconspicuous. An invisibility.
Like anywhere, particularly I imagine in a busy city..what happens around us becomes an every day scenery of people and culture because we’re used to it. Its the same for me in North Wales. I now appreciate the hills and the streams and the pheasants and the lambs a whole lot more since seeing it through the eyes of my city living girlfriend. I’ve always been in awe of Wales but seeing it through new eyes and hearing gasps at a view of a river that I’ve seen a thousand times is a reminder to me to really appreciate what’s around.
To my new eyes in Manchester, I’m seeing what’s around me with innocent eyes. I’m no longer a day visitor or here to shop. I’m now here at times driving to work or walking the dogs or just going out for bread. In that time I’m overwhelmed with visions that I’m not used to and it fills my head. I know I’m not supposed to stare but I find myself staring. Secretly.
Yesterday as I wait at the very busy traffic lights there’s so much to see. A woman in a Ramones t-shirt, red jeans and clunky black boots busily walking under the bridge as the sun shines on her cheeks. A young man with dreadlocks carrying a guitar wearing large white headphones walking purposefully from the train station. I wonder where he’s going. Two men in their late 20s walking independently of each other but looking very much the same with their trendy beards, short hair and the beginning of a small pot belly. A woman in a colourful niqab with only her deep brown eyes on show trying to keep her playful children safe near the road. Some graffiti on the wall that I try to make sense of. A local market brimming with music and falafel. Kids playing cricket in the park, picking teams in a language I’m not familiar with and then speaking English without effort. Two golden pomeranians leading their owner on their walk. A beautiful magnolia tree with petals dropping to the floor resembling confetti.
It’s amazing what you can see in just a few minutes when you really look.
Have a lovely Sunday everyone x