Sometimes it is just so easy to open up to a total stranger. You may not be able to talk about some issues to your friends and family for some reason, maybe they do not understand your point of view; but all you need is a sounding board. Someone who just listens to you, maybe does not even reply, just giving words to your thoughts sometimes helps a lot.
Few days back while coming back to Hyderabad from Bangalore, I was the sounding board. The guy sitting beside me seemed to be going through a confusing period in his life. We got talking and within the hour I knew all details of his current life and the surrounding confusions. I rarely opened my mouth apart from the frequent grunts and occasional words. The guy is not happy with his work, although he is earning handsomely, wants to dabble in the creative field, but is afraid as he has some prior financial commitments. He says he dreams of being an RJ, but does not have the guts the leave the financial security.
Once he started he told me about all his dreams, his aspirations, the roadblocks on his path, the problems he is facing, he used the choicest of words to describe his boss and explained in detail about his work. He talked about his professional life, he talked about his personal life, and he even told me the issues he was having with his girlfriend. He did not spare any details – he just kept on talking. I did not offer him any advice, neither did he ask for any. I hope that having a sounding board helped him and he has sorted out all the issues he was having, and has got his life back on track. Even though I know I may never meet him again, I wish him all the best and I’ll live under the delusion that I helped that guy, and made his life better.
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