Eavesdropping is a bad, bad thing. You really shouldn’t do it, because it’s absolutely none of your business.
But think of all the interesting conversations you’re missing out on? I could never let that happen to me, because one of the things that always make me smile is eavesdropping on other people’s conversations in the bus, behind me during lectures, at parties, whenever.
Sure, you pick up on things you might not want to hear, but the trick is to listen to people you don’t know and that don’t know you. Sometimes you strike gold:
I’m so fortunate that I’ve been out of the country twice this Summer. One of the trips was a three week holiday in Iceland where Mum lives, as you probably already know, the other one was a solo-trip to London.
I was quite nervous to travel all by myself, but Boyfriend encouraged me and repeatedly told me I was sooo awesome daring to travel all by myself. I like when people think I’m cool, so of course I went.
The day before I left, we had a shower together.
“Are you gonna bring your camera?,” Boyfriend asked me.
“Nah…,” I smiled, “That would be crazy!”
He looked at me wondering; why wouldn’t I want to take my camera with me to London?
I laughed: “Of course I’m bringing it, it was the first thing I packed!”
Then it occured to me that I’d forgot to pack my knickers. It’s obvious what’s more important to a photographer.