Day 7 — I Got Hit On While Being Abu
Yepp! It happened, and also verbally harassed with expressions like “Jamelo” (Your beauty) while driving, but I laughed.
Abu got a very eventful and relatively funny day. I wondered along looking like a monkey and got a couple of laughs, a couple of really weirded-out looks that translated to “Why the F do you look like that?!”
I went to work, university, a gas station, a shop where we buy most of our snacks at work, a coffee shop, and ended up at a friend’s house.
What I came to realize while driving and walking around these past few days and especially today is that people judge or comment silently with their eyes. I noticed the expressions on their faces as I was maintaining eye contact with some who got somewhat disgusted with how I looked.
Not many people asked me why I was dressed the way I was and why did I have such bizarre make up. They just resorted to looking and making facial expressions, or just interrupting conversation to stare.
Others, however, stopped to question my looks.
Abu is a monkey thief who’s obsessed with shiny things. Much like many of us. We look at the outer shell of something and judge its value rather than digging a bit deeper and questioning its nature.
For all the people who stopped to ask, thank you! Thank you for not being interested in shallow shells and appearances.