From the way his voice went, it was clear that he loved motorbikes.
He sounded happy and excited. He was smiling
and the volume was good. It made you feel glad
that he’s got a job where he can do what he loves
which is riding and also fixing motorbikes. At the end
everything went lower in pitch and a bit softer
as the content got more serious and more sad.
You were out there with him on the open roads.
His body language made me think of Michael Phelps
who is said to be very uncomfortable on land.
Some people are just biomechanically meant for other environments.
Phelps has size 14 feet attached to double-jointed ankles
which work like fins. Maybe our friend is designed
to move only on wheels. I got a sense of disconnection
with his gestures. Whenever he tried to move his hands expressively
he would stall halfway through, and go into reverse!
Then he’d fold his arms defensively. Especially
when he talked about his brother. His eye contact
was intermittent at best. Wasn’t eye contact
his goal all along? He should re-evaluate that goal.
Here’s this big tall guy, leather jacket, he has found
what he loves. He’s out there on the weekends.
He is in a supportive environment here. But he had
this way of talking, like: his voice doesn’t quite know
how to come out of his face. Why does he have to stare
at the ground, when he is among friends? You can have patience
with someone’s struggles for a length of time
but not for much longer than one minute.
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