• Abigail Ann

The Spaces In Between

Updated: Sep 29

I feel like I can get to a place where some never even know is there.

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I drove into the city with a song playing called “Smoke Signals” by Phoebe Bridges. It’s a slow song and the girl's voice is so peaceful yet it creates this sadness in the air. Sometimes, I feel like I’m the only person that appreciates sad music. It’s all I listen to. Somehow it makes me feel closer to myself.

Driving into the city with my windows up, cars and people walking everywhere. The red flashing lights from the mail truck, trees swaying, people walking so fast. They’re so focused on getting from A to B they don’t even know what they’re missing.

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It felt like I was driving in a little bubble. Surrounded by beautiful music, pausing for a moment to linger in the quiet. Occasionally, I’ll leave early, so I can stop somewhere and watch everyone rushing to get to the next thing as quickly as possible.

Just enjoy this moment. Enjoy clasping your daughters hand and helping her across the street. Take an extra moment to explain why we look both ways. Make sure to point out the beautiful trees blowing in the wind. Hold that little hand ever so gently. Watch those big curious eyes taking in all the scenery. There’s so much to see: the people, the clothes, the shop windows, the little ants working as a team crossing the cracks in the old pavement.

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It’s okay to lean back and just watch everyone rushing around. Sink into that space, be fully aware, fully present in that moment. Look for others that are there too.

Most people will just be moving on to the next thing, but some will give you that look like they understand stepping back. Like they understand this little peaceful space you’ve created, right in the middle of the chaos.

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I feel like I’m in a fishbowl sometimes. Not in the sense that everyone is looking at me. It’s like someone put me in the fish bowl and then set me in the middle of New York City and I’m just floating watching everyone around me, too comfortable to move and too at peace to want to be anywhere else.

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