Every individual you meet has the most incredible story to tell. Conversations are the way to exchange our stories.
The NASA guy: Edward
Me: Hi! I’m Aarati.What’s your name?
Me: Hi Edward! Nice to meet you. *Chew. Chew.* So, what do you do Edward?
Edward: I work for NASA.
Me: (Not registering what he just said) Ahan… What’s your role like?
Edward: I help make Artificial Intelligence Bots which scan the surface of the Arctic, to replicate that on Mars.
Me: Wait! Where do you work again?
Edward: I work with N-A-S-A!?
Me: Oh! NASA! (with a slow nod)
Edward: What do you do?
Me: I teach. *Pause. Chew. Chew.*
I turn to my left to start another breakfast table conversation with a Lawyer from Yale.
Got schooled on the importance of mindfulness and really listening!
The piano man: Zak Malcolm
Me: How old are you? 15??
Zak: I’m 60.
Zak: That piano is beckoning. I’m gonna play the piano.
Me: Does it work? What if it is not allowed?
Zak: I’ll just start playing and if they ask me to stop, then we’ll know anyway.
Me: Wow! You really are 15!
And play he did…
Pardon the bad sound quality. And in case you were wondering, he is 17. 🙂