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‘nice to meet you, have a nice life!’


‘Nice to meet you, have a nice life!’ he said as we pulled into Lichfield station, just over an hour into the journey from London. We’d chatted on and off since boarding.  My day had gone smoothly relative to his, what with cancelled trains and downpours sans umbrella, almost-missed meetings and a not-very-happy ticket conductor.  One Of Those Days, by the sound of it.  Thankfully, mine had been good and hassle free.  We were seated on opposite sides of the table, and evidently both thought that an hour facing someone would be incredibly awkward in silence.

It’s funny how in these situations we rarely (if ever) exchange names let alone a means of contact, so it’s almost definite that you’ll never see nor hear of them again.  That’s why I find the goodbye so interesting – just a good luck for life in general.  I think ‘have a nice life’ has to be my favourite so far. 🙂

Also kinda funny how we can end up asking strangers pretty big questions about what we want from life, don’t you think?  We ask about their day, then about their life.  Never mind the trivialities.  It’s like that half an hour is a life summary.  Not often, but in the past I’ve listened to a stranger on the bus telling me their life story from start to present and I’ve loved that they’ve wanted to share it with me.  Some people just enjoy storytelling to any willing listeners, I guess.  I’d like to lead an interesting life to tell a younger stranger about one day!

Naturally conversation turned to London and he – as a few others have already – asked if I wanted to move there.  Some just assume everybody dreams of living in London one day, which I find kinda strange.  Anyway, this time we both agreed that we don’t really fancy it full time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the London buzz in small doses!  I just think it’s most fun in exactly that: small doses.  Neither of us had the energy to keep up with the pace full time.  Luckily the company I’m working with couldn’t be lovelier and everybody is so friendly, but a big city is always gonna be a completely different environment!

Weird as it sounds, I do really like talking to strangers.  I’m not advocating all 17 year old girls talk to strangers in unfamiliar places because I’m not an idiot, but it’s kinda sad that we’re taught to be wary of each other, don’t you think?  Sad that the number of scary stories we hear means we often err on the side of caution.  Sad that we sometimes assume people have an ulterior motive when really, they’re just up for a casual conversation.  I’ve noticed that some elderly people seem wary of teenagers, and that makes me sad too.  Those stereotypes, eh?  And now I’m sounding incredibly morbid, oops.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we didn’t have to be so afraid of each other though?

I realise some people just like their travelling time to be silent and listen to music or simply zone out from the world. And that’s fine. I’ll leave them be. Boring people. 😉

lily kate x

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    Hollie Garner
    3rd September 2015 at 2:47 pm

    it’s very refreshing to read his as mostly in my experience,i have been unfortunate enough to be sitting beside someone who i really did not want to talk to lol,but it is nice if you are lucky enough to be able to have a nice chat with a nice person and i do think that people in general are less likely to have a chat with strangers,nice post hun xx

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      lily kate
      4th September 2015 at 9:15 am

      That’s happened to me a few times too haha, or I’ve been sat near people that really don’t look like they want any form of human interaction!
      Glad you liked my post, thank you!

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    3rd September 2015 at 2:56 pm

    It sounds like a nice chat, but I see that you do approach things with caution and some sense of protocol. If you asked him for his name and phone number, that would have been odd. A nice chat, especially if you have an hour together is just enjoying the moment. So often when commuting you aren’t really doing anything. I like the good wishes for a nice life the best too!

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      lily kate
      4th September 2015 at 9:16 am

      Asking for names and phone numbers would definitely have been weird! No harm done in just chatting though.
      Funny how I’ll never know if he did have a nice life or not!

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    3rd September 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I’m from Lichfield! I get all excited whenever I see another blogger mention it as no one has ever heard of it haha
    Megan x
    London Callings

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      lily kate
      4th September 2015 at 9:17 am

      Haha I’m like that whenever I see someone mention Preston! I’ve never actually been to Lichfield but been through there on the train a few times now haha!

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    4th September 2015 at 8:10 am

    It’s a wonderful experience to talk to strangers! I’ve spoken to many, especially when I’m abroad. When I was in NY, I would have conversations with people in the subway and just talk. They make my day, even though I’ll never see them again. I genuinely hope they have a nice life <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

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      lily kate
      4th September 2015 at 9:18 am

      I make an effort to try and talk to someone on every journey – usually more luck in the evenings than on the 7am train, funnily enough!
      So jealous of you going to NY 😮

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    4th September 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Aww that is lovely! I love when I get to talk to people on the train – people have such interesting stories to tell 🙂

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      lily kate
      5th September 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Everybody has an interesting story to tell don’t they!

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