It isn’t everyday when you stop in your tracks to do a double take and gawk at the mere beauty of someone. But when these rare occasions do arise, a current of overwhelming sensation shoots throughout the nervous system, paralyzing the body in a state of mezmerization. Feeling intimidated by their mere presence we silently observe, contemplating how to make a move. More likely than not, nothing will ever be said, with no trace of ever having seen each other; nothing more than a memory in time.
Just the other day I was struck by such an occasion, rare to have me dumbfounded and at a loss for words. As I stood at the bar waiting for my café, I was pleasantly surprised to see a woman sitting by herself. I quietly watched as she typed on her phone and gracefully sipped on what appeared to be a non-fat latte, judging by her slim figure. I pondered the notion of going over and saying hello, but found myself lost in translation; my tongue fumbling over any words that came to mind and my body paralyzed to inch closer. I was awoken from my brief daydream as the barista blared out my name; but as he did, the woman looked up and for a second; we caught each other’s eyes and I gave a little smile.
Looking back to that moment I play back the “what ifs” and “should haves,” but am still helpless to the picturesque beauty that has managed to engrain an image in my memory. All that I can do is hope that the day will come again when our paths cross, seize the moment, and introduce myself.
What Would Simeon Do?
Life is too short and too rare are the instances when you are blissfully consumed by the presence of someone. When these moments arise, you have to recognize that if you don’t risk introducing yourself then you are only doing yourself a disservice of never knowing if they are the one for you. Go for it, live for the moment, and at least get their name and ask if you can meet them on another occasion.