What do you take to do when you know that you will have to wait for a while? Do you check all of your social media? Read the online newspaper? Read a real newspaper? Read a book or a magazine? Draw? Colour in? File your nails? Stare at people? Listen to music or a podcast?
This morning I had to catch the Metro train and then a bus to get to an appointment where I would most likely be waiting. Entertainment would be needed.
My phone will do for a few minutes, but my social media life is not that exciting and I am not about to watch a webinar or TV show on the bus. So, I check my phone then delve back into my bag for a ‘Werthers Original’ and something to read.
I like a paperback so that I can read it standing in the bus station as well as sitting on said bus. I am reading ‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ by Katarina Bivald at the minute which is a brisk easy read so far, perfect for appointment entertainment.
My outdoor sketching needs some practice, so I thought I would pop in a little sketchbook and a couple of drawing implements – pens and colored pencils. Drawing in public is not something I am very confident at, I feel very self conscious scribbling away in a sketchbook, so I usually don’t. This is something I want to change, so as I waited at the Metro station for the train home I whipped out my sketchbook and pen to kill the 7 minutes until the train arrived. I did feel self conscious for a couple of minutes, but to my surprise I started to enjoy the experience, so I finished my rendition of the bus station opposite and was a little disappointed that I didn’t have time to tackle the skyline full of high rises and car parks.
As it turned out, I didn’t need lots of entertainment as my waits were not too long, but I do like to take a variety of paper with me! A book, usually a magazine and a sketchbook/notebook.
I am not a Candy Crush or Twitter kinda gal, I need an ole fashioned story in a book to keep me entertained!
When the kids were younger I always had a bag with pens, books and stickers with us to keep them entertained, so I suppose I am still following that habit when I go anywhere! Come to think of it, I would be quite happy now with a pile of stickers and a sketchbook.
How do you pass the time when you have to wait somewhere or sit on the train? Sometimes, it is just nice to sit quietly and do nothing, but I like the ‘entertainment’ option to be there too.
I might need to go and find some stickers!
Happy Wednesday x