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The other day I was in the grocery store and witnessed a moment that was not really mine.
Two guys were in front of me in line to check out. They seemed excited about something and were very animated as they put their items on the conveyor belt. One of the guys bounced over to the cart to pick something off the bottom shelf and slammed his shoulder into the handle on his way up. It looked like it hurt, causing him to pitch forward a little bit. As he went to stand up again, he hit his head on the same handle.
I had to suppress my laughter. I don't know what it is about other's pain that causes us to find it comical. It didn't hurt that he was still smiling when he stood back up, though a little dazed. He brushed it right off, even though his buddy did seem a little concerned for his friend.
It was one of those everyday moments, the ones that happen while you are doing something else. It isn't always a pleasant experience, I don't think anyone would care to hit themselves in the head, but it is a good story.
In fact that was my reaction after witnessing the moment -- I could use this is a story somewhere. It's one of those real life moments where nothing goes quite like you expect it to and it gives characters depth. That is the beauty of life as a writer, inspiration comes from anywhere -- even after a long day waiting in line in the grocery store.
I challenge you to really pay attention to the world and people around you -- notice those little moments on interaction and kindness.