Passing Fury

Many years ago I wrote a short story in which the main character is dying of cancer. While walking down the street one day, it suddenly strikes him that at least some of the people he’s passing are also gravely ill and dying. It is a revelation which makes him watch the world much more closely afterwards.

While out for a walk, I got a call on my cellphone from a friend who’s in a very bad place emotionally. I stopped in the middle of a courtyard to talk to them. Our conversation was long and intense. People passed by me laughing, talking and sometimes smiling when we exchanged glances. Some of them were also talking heatedly into phones as they passed. Once again I wondered how many times do we pass others on the street without ever thinking this moment or time may be incredibly important for them, life changing even. In the fifteen seconds it takes to walk past someone talking on a phone, they are being told their negative medical test results, or that their sister just gave birth, or something else ominous or momentous. Without knowing it, we are inadvertently in their *space* when a huge piece of their life slides into place forever.

--

--

--

author • jonathancarroll.com

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Delightful December

Thanksgiving: Part II

My Types of Halloween.

Sponsoring Common In Law Partners Living In the United States

Sponsoring Common In Law Partners Living In the United States

Remembering the Father I Once Tried to Forget

The Princess and the Loner

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll

author • jonathancarroll.com

More from Medium

On the edge of a galaxy in the unknown regions, a space station floats aimlessly.

8 Best Self Investment You Can Make as a Millennial

Your Cleveland….Cavaliers!!!

Web Accessibility: What it is and Why it Matters