The Butterfly Effect

Sunday 27 April 2008

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

While waiting for the train this afternoon, a young woman practiced her unicycling on the platform. It filled me with a strange joy, the same way I used to feel as a kid on primary school excursions, where the everyday was writ unusual and slightly surreal because it was seen as a group in school hours.

If that girl knew how inspiring it was to see a unicycle on a grey suburban train station, she'd use it as her everyday mode of transport.


  1. how wonderful!! I wish I was the sort of person who practiced unicycling at the station!

  2. i have no doubt you will share these wonderful thoughts with her should you have the opportunity to observe her again!!!

  3. Andi - I don't think I could do it, either. Maybe 15 years ago or so :)

    Lucy - I wanted to go and chat to her, actually, but a man was already doing so. It was just so cute :)

  4. Great post. It reminds me of a time when I went to a meeting and one of the women had a big circular parcel with her. I asked what it was and it turns out she makes intricately decorated hula hoops for adults in her spare time!

  5. Tess - cool :) Isn't it funny how cool frivolous things appear to us economically rationalised citizens?


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