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Do you ever think of what would happen if inanimate objects could talk? Maybe even just listen? What if they heard everything everyone ever says around them, but they couldn't speak up for themselves.


Sitting in a coffee shop, I look around and see friends laughing, someone on the phone crying,  someone reading a book, some workers diligently doing their job, while others work not-so-diligently, and a few people in a hurry to get to their job. But what is going on in their lives? I wonder to myself. If I look at my own life, I see a lot of problems, memories (good and bad), heartache, happiness, and a billion other things. My job, my school, my family, my love life. Yet, there are billions of people out there with lives just like mine. Some might have it better, whereas some might have it worse. 

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Thinking in this way puts a lot of questions in my head. What are the friends laughing about? Are they reflecting on memories or making fun of each other? Why is that person crying? Did someone die or did someone break up with them? Did they lose their job and don't know what to do next? What book is that person reading? Have they read it before? What's their favorite part so far? Why are we all in a rush to get to where we're going? 


So many questions and not enough time to answer them. There’s no possible way to answer them unless I were to ask, but there’s no time to do that with every possible person on the street. Sometimes, I think it might be better if inanimate objects could talk so they could comfort people, laugh with them, tell them to slow down, and to answer the questions. In reality, we have to put the things of life together like a puzzle. In our own lives and the lives of others. 


My advice, slow down. Drink some coffee, tea, water(whatever you prefer), spend time with your friends, make time for yourself to read and learn, let your emotions out, and don't be afraid to be yourself. All of us are human. We're all alike, yet, we're all different. None of us are perfect, but we can relate to one another in good and bad times. 

[bf_image id="q8p0oq-48n2j4-f19er9"] Don't be in such a rush you forget who you are, what your morals and goals are, who's important to you, and how to be humane. Be kind to everyone, because you never know what they're going through. Even if you're in a rush to get to work because you had a bad day, does not allow you to yell at someone for something they may or may not have done. You never know what's going on in their head. They might have had a friend or family member that just died and they feel lost without them and can't seem to do simple tasks. They might have a bad family life, with no money, and have to do everything they can to keep that job to pay for their bills and schooling. 


Think before you speak. The action of thinking is so important because it allows us to think outside ourselves. It allows us to learn more, live better, and grow stronger. So maybe we can't find out everything through inanimate objects, and they can't talk to us, either. Now, sitting in a coffee shop, looking around, seeing people for who they are, living their lives just like you're living your own, do you see it the way I do?


Mandy Parker

Louisiana Tech '23

I'm a sophomore majoring in sociology. I just want to help people wherever I can. Tomorrow is never promised, so I live for the moments we have now.
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