I Wear My Sunglasses At Light

I’m guilty.

The only time I wear sunglasses is when I’m on the beach and my reason has nothing to do with the glare of the sun, UV rays and eye protection.

When I wear sunglasses, it has everything to do with people watching.

I don’t mean it in a creepy-stalker-kind-of-way like the guy I wrote about in that other post. I’m talking about the subtle and perfectly sneaky way to observe people’s interactions, body language and conversations that are within earshot.

And no one is really the wiser if you do it the right way.

Sunglasses on, nose in book and ears wide open.

The kind of observations that get your imagination pumping, that have you making up stories about the people around you, pushing you to decipher the relationships between them. The kind of observations that leaves you with questions like:

How is it that this mother and daughter duo have matching plastic surgery? Did they go under the knife together?

Mother and daughter with matching plastic surgery All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews

This couple looks all lovey dovey but what secrets are they keeping from each other?

What secrets are they keeping from each other? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews

What’s the story behind this woman’s back tattoo? Does she regret it now that she is older?

Why did she get that tattoo? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews

Who was sipping on this coconut before they abandoned it on the beach? Or did it wash up onto the beach after being out in the ocean?

Whose coconut was this and how did it get here? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews

Yes, I am guilty of wearing my sunglasses to seek out story ideas when I’m on the beach.

But as a writer, YOU are guilty too.

Whether it’s on the beach, while sitting in a coffee shop, at the hair salon or on the train…I know that you do it too because as writers and readers, we observe, ponder, imagine and create tales to entertain ourselves.

But have you ever thought about who is watching you?

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24 thoughts on “I Wear My Sunglasses At Light

  1. Natasha

    I never thought about sneaking into people’s lives through my sunglasses. That’s a great idea. Though as a writer I realise I barely ever listen to others conversations/ pry into others conversations- maybe at a coffee shop or observe people. It somehow never comes to me naturally, as I get a kind of uncomfortable doing so. But I know some of the best writers derive inspiration by observing. Maybe I should now. 😊

    I love the way you have captured different people and their moods and characteristics.

    Let me give this a shot and come back to you. Tee hee hee! 😉😉😀😀😀

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      1. Don’t know about Walmart in the north, but here, it’s a show! LOL! I used to think “The People of Walmart” was just a gag…until my daughter and I ran into a random Walmart outside my area. GIRL! It is not a gag! LMAO!

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  2. We live in a world beset by cctv all around. The phones and computers, the tv’s etc. Can all be turned on without the users knowing. Even the satellites, can zoom in, to within a micron. There are plenty watching us. It’s surveilled world. A prison planet. Get used to it. Cheers Jamie.

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