Happiness Reflected Off A Windowpane
‘Happiness is when you can look back on something’ my father would say, ‘no matter how long it’s been, no matter how much has changed’. Matter of perspective, I thought. Happiness, like love, is one’s own simultaneous conclusion between the heart and mind.
As the weight of my backpack seeped into my shoulders, I wondered. I wondered if the lady blowing her nose could think of nothing else but her sinus. She probably wasn’t too happy. I wondered if the guy with the headphones in was running through a reel of happy memories, whether his music invoked a stirring sense of joy or if it brought him heartache instead. I wondered if the little boy peering outside the window would find full stops to all the question marks in his head, and if that would be his happiness or make his world dull and shade it grey.
It was as if his subconscious, searching for answers, lighthoused a way for the man’s smile. The way he reflected. The way he looked beyond the city. It was more than sunlight that shone in his eyes. The way his smile magnetized gazes. Whatever he was thinking about; perhaps reminiscing, perhaps planning, perhaps fantasizing- out of all the people on the train, happiness had visited his mind and shone. And seeing this man in such a state, allowed him to share, if only in abstract, that happiness.
Conversations by the Window Seat is an ongoing creative collaboration between Adrian Seah and Romila Barryman, with photos and writing themed around a common love of travel and discovery.