I didn’t notice it at first, but maybe because it wasn’t that noticeable. Subtle differences in everyday life are not that distinctive. A situation that is not identical every day is likely to not resonate differences mostly because it is never the same anyway.
I was taking my regular bus–which is only my “regular” bus until this early work schedule is necessary–when I got the distinct feeling that something was…wrong. While wrong sounds ominous, it wasn’t that at all.
For the first time in these past couple of weeks the bus seemed rather empty. That is not to say there were no people. There were no people standing and I couldn’t hear the hum of morning conversations. I registered all this quickly but put it out of my head. It didn’t seem significant to me.
It was only upon later reflection that I wondered about it. Had a whole bunch of people just decided to sleep in? Had that same whole bunch just taken a Thursday off? Neither one of those things seemed reasonable. Who takes a Thursday off only to have to go back on a Friday? Had all those people somehow managed to catch an earlier bus? Why wasn’t I on the earlier bus? Was this earlier bus the “cool” bus?
I don’t think of this as mundane. I think this is about perception of our environment. So often we cruise through our day barely noticing the minute differences. Someone has rearranged their desk. Someone has changed their scent. Another person has changed their coffee brand or type. These differences have no effect on our lives, but they are still worthy of a little introspection.