I’ve always beenÂ curious aboutÂ human behavior, and so I watch people quite a bit. Not in a creepy way, but in a waiting-in-an-airport-for-my-flight kind of way.Â Perhaps “observe” is a better term than “watch”.
At any rate, whether it be in preparation for a social gathering, an athletic competition, a trip, a purchase, an encounter with a stranger, or any number of other things, I notice people getting ready by deployingÂ allÂ kindsÂ of rituals; aÂ young lady plays jazzÂ CDs and drinks a glass of wine while applying her make-up before a date; aÂ basketball player refuses to speak to his teammates while he stretches in the locker room; aÂ commuterÂ sets subway passes and a book on the table in the foyer each night before bed; a homelessÂ manÂ belts outÂ an incoherent chant before he throws trash at me; a writer circles her desk three times before sitting down to write. The methods of preparation are very interesting and often unique.
But what about you?
How do you gird your loins?Â What’s your method of preparation? Do you haveÂ ritualsÂ that you go through for anything?
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