Within the city limits, hundreds upon thousands of living creatures work their way through daily life and daily struggles. We see them on the Underground, we see them on their way to work and we see them lying on the streets, begging for coppers. The city is awash with the unwashed masses; there is no class distinction as we are all unclean. Both banker and pauper, barista and barrister. We all hurry through the same paved streets, swipe the same cards on electronic terminals and struggle to see past the next activity, the next break, the next sleep.
However, there are points of peace and tranquillity placed inside the city limits, you must simply learn to either find them, or create them for yourself. It may sound like an impossible task when you are encased in a sandstorm of people and money; but if you close your mind’s eyes you can find this place of peace. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking ten minutes to yourself, locking yourself in a toilet cubicle and listening to whale song. Or perhaps you could find a local swimming pool on your lunch break, better still get yourself on Gumtree and seek out a private swimming club. During lunch time hours these private swimming baths can be even more blissfully quiet than usual, lending your lunch hour a serene sense of zen.
Take both these ideas and put them together. Contact the owner of the private swimming club and suggest the playing of whale song throughout the PA system, just for an hour a day. Here’s how that conversation could go down:
You: Good Afternoon Sir! My name’s ***** ****son, you may recognise my name, I suppose its kind of unique.
Owner: Ah yes, Mr, ****son! We all took note when you signed up to us, what can we do for you?
You: Well, its a strange request, but one that I hope you can allow for me. I was wondering whether you could play whale song between the hours of 12-1pm on the weekdays. The pool is awfully quiet at these times, and I believe it would give the place a real calming feel, what do you think?
Owner: I think that’s a wonderful idea, just wonderful! I’ll get on to that right away Mr. ****son, and will you be bringing your friend agai-
You: Thank you, Jeffrey, I look forward to seeing you next week.
This kind of conversation is something that could reasonably be implemented after just a couple months of regular use of the pool. Once the staff know your name, as well as your habits, they will more than likely wish for your custom to continue. Therefore they will be more likely to agree to your request, in light of your special relationship. Suddenly, you have your own tailor made place of zen. Within London, The City and The Water Inside.