We have something in common
I like to watch people. a People watcher I am
When I sit at oncology every morning, I do the same. I watch people. I watch the interaction between the staff and all the patients.
I notice how every single person is friendly. (Except for the b!tch at reception)
The staff is friendly because they want to create an environment where people feel more relaxed. Where they try to turn something horrible into a situation that you can cope with.
The patients are all friendly as well. Friendly with each other. With the staff.
The interesting thing is that it seems as though race and culture differences are left at the front door. Black people and English are spoken to by Boere Afrikaans people as though they are their long lost family. There is no “I got cancer thanks to apartheid”. It cannot be blamed on someone else. There is no looking down on another person.
It’s almost like one would like South Africa to be. Everyone treated equally.
Why would this be? Because they all have cancer? Maybe. I think that being vulnerable, being scared and unsure – that is what makes everyone equal.
Fighting for and against the same thing. That is what makes everyone equal.