When I moved to Tufnell Park last year, I was using the tube and got off to head to the elevators. I noticed one or two people taking an alternative route and curiosity got the better of me. I followed these people and realised that they were taking the stairs. I was just about to head back around to the elevators when I saw that one person had stopped at the end of the corridor. Why would he stand there if the exit sign was on the other side?
As the doors opened, I realised what he was doing. Instead of following the herd and the sign, being pushed into the elevator and possibly missing it, he had seen a shortcut and taken it. As the elevator emptied, he casually strolled in, took his position at the front seconds before the door opened and the rat racers forced their way in, flustered as ever. As he was the first one in, but had come from the other side, he was the first one out.
Now this may seem insignificant and may only save a few minutes of your life, but to reduce any unnecessary stress in London is an art form. I try to adopt these methods because a). it makes life more exciting b). it feels as if you are rewriting the rules.
When was the last time you saw a black sheep? What were they doing that made you intrigued? When was the last time you challenged yourself and veered away from the herd?
Painting – Black Sheep by Frances Bourne