02 July 2007

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery... Non but ourselves can free our minds...

I left work one day much earlier than I thought, having promised a friend I'll drop by his place at 7ish in Mishref for a little chitchat and maybe a few good games of Chess, I had a couple of hours to kill. So i decided to drop into Starbucks Mishref and have a good read of my book ( I think it was Stephen Levitt's 'Freakonomics' at the time )

Bought a White Choco Moca walked over to a free table and sat down. The chairs were comfy, the coffee hit the right spot and the book was as absorbing as a dry sponge on Eva Mendes's back... I leaned over and dragged the adjacent chair closer so i can stretch my legs a little and there it was again, all the eyes in the joint veered my way. It wasn't even just a glance and back to the conversation at hand, they kept checking back, slowly peeling away at me, wondering if my feet are still stretched across the armchair in front.

This, fascinatingly enough, is something that I've noticed repeatedly here and have come to the conclusion that it is the main reason that Kuwait can be a hassle to live in at times. People here can't just be, they need to get into peoples business. Today I received an email at work of a chick dancing as she was listening to an album at Virgin Megastore @ Marina Mall, taken on a mobile camera... WTF!

This sort of attitude removes the de-stress factor from going out. People nowadays are reverting to other means of chilling and spending quality time with friends and family. Going to such places as members clubs, like Palms - Corniche - SAS, and shalehs or home parties and dinners. There seem to be less and less venues around where people can just go and let loose.

Which is a real shame...! We are living in an increasingly complex time and people are dealing with more and more stresses, from work to the home to the family to the ever rising cost of living. With all that on board, people need to enjoy the precious few moments they have to themselves.

Being new to the corporate scene, I even find people take the short blasts to foreign land to relieve their stress and return to face another three to four months before their next excursion.

Why does it need to be so...?!

Personally, this lifestyle is still never ceases to boggle me... What to do though..?!

You can't beat them all... or can you...?!

40 comments:

TAT said...

They only win when your soul dies!!!

Q8 Apothecary said...

Hehe i don't think its that extreme mate... things don't have to be so absolute here, but what amazes me most and the reason why my last two posts are the way they are is that i fail to see people engaging in any sort of subjective criticism to the world around them...

it's sad Mr. Tat.. it really is...

What are you upto this weekend...?

TAT said...

you mean other than seeing you after work nothing really you guys wanna do something on Friday?

dishevelled said...

I absolutely HATE it how people here ALWAYS have to stare! It's rude!

Just the other day at the mall I was about to sit in a cafe when this lady in the table beside mine kept staring, apparently that wasn’t detailed enough for her, by the time I sat down she actually took her glasses out of her bag, wore them and kinda moved her neck a bit to the front (you know when you focus on something?) I wasn't wearing anything outrageous or tight or bright, the only odd thing might have been my bandanna, but that does not make it right to stare.

I made a rule to myself: If I'm not doing anything that will harm, embarrasses, or offends someone then they can stare until their eyeballs drop out, I'm not stopping what I'm doing :P After a seconds when they see you don't really care they stop =)

MishMisha said...

well that's life for ya.. just a show for somebody else to watch

that made absolutely no sense

Q8 Apothecary said...

TaT: What you got planned...?!

Dishevelled: hehe u see, you know what i mean...

Mishmisha: there's a song that once said something along the lines of what your saying,,, 'every actor needs an audience, every action is a performance...' to a certain level, i guess we're all actors...

the play for most part is V. badly cast though.. ;)


Thx for dropping into the Apothecary, don't be strangers...

Princess said...

yeah i know wat u mean, i hate going out too, thats why i always find a place thats almost empty and most likely rather expensive to hang out in, lana then u dnt have all that around u, or hang out at friends houses and stuff which sucks cuz it can get too minotinous!

Q8 Apothecary said...

Very true... i find myself steering towards this sort of outing... but doesn't that seem like your just hiding away from life... it annoys the crap out of me... :/ anyway, what to do...

Princess, welcome to the apothecary... do come again :)

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