I am currently on a train literally flying down to London and what a beautiful morning it is, I have included a photo of my office window today. I do like travelling by train, I get to blog and read the paper and if there is some work I need to do I can get it done. I suppose it helps that I have a 1st class pass. (It took 10 years of blood sweat and tears to get it thank you very much!) One of my lovely colleagues brings me a cuppa and I can sit back and relax.
This morning I have been reviewing training notes for a course that I have coming up soon and one I have to deliver tomorrow for the first time. I have just around the carriage that I am in and it is not very busy but you can see lots of different types of people.
You have a gent reading the Financial Times looking all professional, I gonna hedge my bets he is a banker. Immaculate appearance and the full english option setting himself up for a hard day of meetings and make lots of money.
Opposite him is a bloke that is also very well turned out and is sitting quietly just staring out of the window. He looks like he has the world on his shoulders. My heart goes out to him a little, what is on his plate today? What is happening in his private life.
Just behind him is a young guy siting and watching something on his iPad with his feet on the seats in front of him with a smile on his face. Not a care in the world, well so it seems.
Why am I telling you all this? I don’t know really I suppose I am conscious that we are all indiviuals, it one of things that I train. One of the things I like to mention is that you never know what is going on in peoples heads. Are they late, relationship just fell apart, someone in their world ill or dying. I know that I have been in a place where it felt that my life is falling apart but do you really show it? I suppose it all comes down to stereo typing people.
We all do it, don’t we? I do. If you asked most people what they thought of people that travelled in 1st class and they would all say, business men etc.
Just because I am gay does that me camp and girly? Just because someone lives on a council estate does that make them a chav or a failure?
Stereotypes can be very dangerous things, I like to think of everyone as an individual no matter their appearance, shape and sexuality. Difficult at time to fight ones preconceptions but is it worth while? Hell Yes!
Have an AMAZING day!