I slowly walked along the busy street. It was full of people from many different places and they were all here for many different reasons. Since I left this place for quite some time now, I felt a bit lost, standing in the middle of this ocean of people. I wasn't quite sure where to head but I continued to walk while keeping my eyes wandering around.
I saw a stranger, a very well dressed gentleman in an expensive suit. I thought he might want to help me. I smiled at him but he quickly turned his face away and said, "I'm sorry, I can't entertain you as my time is money and I don't think I would benefit talking to you." He walked away with an ego on his face.
"That was a bad start," I thought.
As I continued to walk, I met another stranger whom I thought could help me. I quickly smiled at him but he pretended that he didn't see me and walked away hastily. I started to feel some frustration in myself but I kept on walking, hoping that I would meet a person who would help me.
Throwing a smile to the next stranger I came across didn't help me much as he only looked at me with a strange look and gave me a nod, there wasn't any sign of smile in his face. I was quite surprised that I could hardly find people who are willing to at least return my smile in this very well and highly developed place.
Tired of walking, I stopped and sat on a bench beside the street. A man who appeared to be very friendly approached me with a big smile and said, "Hi, you look a bit lost, can I help you?"
I said, "Yes, I think I'm lost, I'm not sure which direction I should take."
He said, "That's not a problem. What you need is a book which can guide you, and I'm selling one today at a very special price of $9.99. This price will go up very soon and if you buy now, you will also receive together with your purchase other products worth $4,387.00 for free, this is a limited offer and will end very soon."
I laughed and said, "No, thank you," and quickly walked away.
I continued walking and smiled to another stranger. He returned my smile and walked pass. I was a bit relieved, this place was not as bad I thought.
I felt better and continued to walk. I threw a smile at another stranger I met and to my surprise, he smiled and sincerely said, "Hi, you look a bit lost, may I help you?"
"I'm very glad to have met you," I said and shook hands with him.
The stranger took me to a coffee house where I used to hang around those days. I bought a cup of coffee and sat beside a table. The place was full of people and there were so much of conversations going on there that made the place a bit noisy. Suddenly, I saw a small group of people whom I recognized. They were my old friends. I quickly got up and happily walked towards them. I must meet these people.
I approached them with a big smile and a warm greeting but to my surprise, they paused and looked at me with strange, unwanted smiles before continuing with their conversation. I wasn't sure but apparently they had forgotten me. I thought that I should introduce myself but I chose not to interrupt their conversation and walked back to my table.
"Time brings people together and time seperates people apart, erasing names from memories," I thought to myself.
I looked at my watch. It was time for me to leave. I walked out of the place in regret, blaming myself for failing to manage my time wisely.