You Don’t Know


Your world is not their world.
Their truths are not yours.
Walk cautiously with compassion.
Because you don’t know.
They may suffer in silence.
A loved one is slipping away.
They may dance with fear.
A future of daunting uncertainty.
They may crave connection.
A place of comfort.
They may say nothing.
A word brings pain.
You just don’t know.
Begin by understanding.
People are human.
Beautifully complex beings.
Living in two worlds.
Our world, the world.
Together hopeful.

Yesterday was challenging, and a little weird. I encountered three strangers, at random points throughout the day that involved fleeting conversation, both moving and upsetting. I walked away from each one deeply perplexed and really wanted to make sense of these random encounters. Why did these three people behave this way?

And like some purposefully planted gateway, I walked into my pre-booked Storytelling As Therapy workshop at The School of Life. With these conversations buzzing around, and with the help of a newly-made friend within the group, I began to digest, understand and articulate what happened.

Conversation as a means of storytelling is wonderful therapy, I recommend you try for yourself. Taking rare time to talk about the realities of life, the things we dismiss in our rush to move along to the next thing. What just happened, and what does it mean? It’s deep, but fascinating and liberating too.

Thanks to TSOL and Nathan Scolaro at Dumbo Feather for creating a space to think, talk, focus and express what we encounter as part of daily life. 

I wrote this poem over a coffee, it was waiting to be unlocked.