I wore my Cape Town Marathon shirt while running on the promenade this afternoon. It’s an offensively bright yellow apparatus that can be seen from miles away. On the front is the marathon logo and at the back it says “don’t run, fly!”
While on the run, I passed two other people that were wearing their marathon shirts. The first was an old man who, after seeing my shirt, waved at me, grinning from ear to ear, and I waved back. The second was a woman who raised her fist in support as I came by, and we locked eyes and laughed.
I had no idea who either of these people were. But in that brief moment, we realised we had been through the same thing together. On the 28th of September 2017 we spent a few hours in the same herd, running 42km.
Sharing experiences with strangers
I’m sure there are many strangers I pass by on a daily basis that I’ve had shared experiences with. They may have been at the same concert, cricket game or even at university at the same time I was.
However, there are few ways of discerning this without talking to them. And so a bright yellow shirt acts as a signalling device that communicates that we’ve done the same thing.
For this reason, I often wear a South African sports shirt while travelling overseas. On the off chance that there’s another South African near by, I’ll have someone to chat to and maybe even make a friend.
It’s a simple thing, but having a common experience means that you can identify with someone without even knowing them. And that might result in a friendship. Or maybe just a passing smile on the promenade
Image was taking on the prom (again) with Jared (who looks way more photogenic than me in this). Managed to fit in a sneaky 18km run 🙂
Thesis update: got some writing done :)
Blog 77/365. Read more about my #365of25 journey here