Thursday, 20 June 2013


I had an epiphany today. I can’t believe it. I was taking the tube to go to work when some country singers boarded my carriage. The buskers started to play.
They were good and it was helping me to wake up. A toddler, probably on his way to the nursery, was beaming and clapping his hands. He was loving it and it was a pleasure to watch him.
Actually, most people on the District line train were smiling for once, some were even clapping their hands. It simply was one of these unexpected bonuses that life throws at you from time to time.
Naively, I thought that everybody was enjoying the moment, only to notice that a  woman, who was sitting next to the toddler, wasn’t amused at all by the whole experience. She had put her head between her hands and was saying quite loudly that she wished it would stop. How unlucky was it that they came to her carriage? , she was asking. I ignored her. Everybody ignored her.
So here it is: what was nice for me was clearly a torture for her. How come? How could we be so different? I guess some people are simply never happy. In short, I realised that you can’t please everybody. Maybe that’s just life. Some people will not be happy, no matter what.


  1. amyyoungmiller20 June 2013 at 05:58

    Awww, poor lady, too miserable to enjoy such a serendipidous moment! Maybe she had a killer headache? I think I would have gotten up and started dancing! :)

  2. You can't - your noise is my symphony. It's also why some personal rights are guaranteed constitutionally.

  3. For her sake, I hope she was just being a killjoy and not someone with health problems/issues that makes her sensitive to noise. In any case, you are right that we can't please everyone. The mantra I'm repeating to myself these days is this (shared on FB, and also one I heard from Deepak Chopra): What other people think is none of my business. Have a good day, Muriel!

  4. A Walk into the Woods20 June 2013 at 10:18

    Ah, that's a profound observation. I could think of so many reasons why she felt the music to be torturous rather than joyful. It's not that people are not happy, sometimes, it's just some unpleasant associations (read memories) that might trigger such a reaction. But your being grateful is a lovely thing... it attracts more thankfulness not just for yourself but also for everyone around.. :)

  5. Subway serenade not soothing to one person. So sad when so many felt such serendipity. (I had fun with this alliteration)

  6. Maybe she did. I am sure that she had her reasons, but what a shame to miss such a moment, right?

  7. She may have had a headache or the songs reminded her of something she didn't want to remember. Perhaps her husband is a country singer and is gone on tour all the time.

    I usually like to strike up a conversation with this type of person and find out why she was upset at the singers being there. But that's just me. As you can see from my beginning statements, I like to figure out what is wrong so I imagine all sorts of things.

    Or she could just hate country music. LOL Love the article. Sally