"Watching you is beautiful. You have a unique way of moving... So slow and steady!"
How did he react?
Nodded. Said: "Thank you!". Then: "Why are you doing the project?"
How did I feel?
Alright. Sebastian was on the train with me. Before I got off in Cologne I went up to talk to him. I had been looking around for a while. It was the usual equation: Trains = People + Smartphones. Before I looked up I had been in that term. So was Sebastian. He stood near the door. His thumb sliding down the display, his eyes following the movement, then jumping up again. He put the device back into his pocket, took a breath, got it back out. Unlocked, checked. Locked, put it back- and took it out again. His hand was moving super slow. His head didn't move at all. Looking at him made me feel calm. I got up and approached him. Absorbed in dealing with his phone he didn't notice me for a while. I waited. He was a tall man: I had to look up to see his face. At some point I started talking. He gazed at me. Listened. Said thank you- calmly. We chatted for a bit. He studies informatics and had just passed his last exam for this semester.
"What are the moments in studying that make you feel like: "Yup. This is it." ?"
"Mh... I think it's watching a series of letters and numbers turn into something that moves, that actually works! Yeah, those are the moments."
Talking to Sebastian was nice. Complimenting him was interesting: I had a hard time reading him. Until now I am not sure what it was like for him.. My guess: Challenging, but beautiful below.