I was reading while waiting for the bus in Davis Square when a woman came up to me and handed me this piece of paper. Living in a city, I’m used to people giving me advertisements, but this instance was unusual- at least in my opinion.
I was standing near the entrance to the t station so there were people constantly going in and out of my peripheral vision while I was trying to concentrate on the words on the page in front of me. This woman stopped in front of me and stood facing me. I looked up and noticed that while she was gabbing away on her cell phone she was rummaging around in her huge purse. I looked back down at my book, trying not to be rude by staring. She thrust the paper on top of my book and walked away without a word.
She didn’t approach anyone else, even though there were easily 20 people standing in the immediate area. The fact that she stopped in front of me and took the time to look around in her purse for the paper makes me think that for some reason she made a conscious decision to single me out for her ad.
This of course leads me to wonder why me? Why did she think she would be able to get business from me? What about my appearance screams that I need a psychic? I feel like I was targeted, that this wasn’t exactly random. This woman judged me and according to whatever criteria she has, I fit the bill of a troubled person that could benefit from a psychic intervention.
Is that what people think when they look at me? Is that exactly incorrect? I can’t say that I haven’t thought about getting a psychic reading for some direction in my life…