Everyone should participate in a little people watching activities. It allows you to jump out of your inner chaotic life and realize that you’re not alone. Now, there are a few keys to successful people watching. I’ll share some of mine, then you can pass yours along if you wish.
- Avoid eye contact. In order to remain a fly on the wall you must avoid eye contact at all costs. After a while you begin to anticipate when someone will look at you. This is a honed skill that comes with time and patients. A good pair of sunglasses can help beginners.
- Daydreaming is a side effect, and its Okay. This allows you to “figure stuff out.” In my opinion we don’t daydream enough. We get so caught up in doing and we forget why. Those are perfect moments to gain understanding with the help of those around you.
- Location is key. I like coffee hang outs. Villages, Malls, Districts, or any high traffic parts of your metropolis where eclecticism is prevalent. I prefer a corner in midtown where coffee houses collide, a lonely clothing store awaits hipsters, and bars are armed with dollar draws and outdoor patios. The collage of people has the characteristics of a Rauschenberg (http://images.google.com/images?q=rauschenberg) exhibit.
Now its your turn. How, where, and why do you people watch? What strange stories have you made up or overheard during your excursions? Do tell :)