A day in the life of someone who sees it all

Posted on January 10, 2012


Brown hair, green eyes, and she breathes sharp cries of laughter. She is a little annoying, but alluring because she smiles a lot. Her foot bounces up and down when she’s mad and she has a scar above her left eye, but I’ve never asked why. When she walks, her shoulders are always pushed back as if she tries too hard to walk with purpose-and though I notice these things, I don’t even know her middle name.

Day after day, the ever observant owls are on the hunt for knowledge. 

 One of the owls on the prowl is senior, Briana Johnson, who is constantly observing her surroundings.

 “Just because I know something about someone else, just because I notice and understand,” declared Bri, “doesn’t mean I am welcomed into their business.”

 Bri stated the first thing she notices about a person is how they hold themselves and if they’re smiling or keeping eye contact.
“I first notice how they are responding to me,” she replied. “It’s that first impression thing that lets me know whether or not they think I’m worth their time or whether they think they are worth mine.”

 Observers are awfully attuned to people’s emotions and can tell a lot about them without even knowing “their phone number, where they live, their plans for the future, or anything,” said Bri.

Briana also stated that even though she does notice a lot about others, she has become good at knowing when to mention something she has noticed and when not to.

 “For instance,” she replied, I am not going to start talking about someone who barely even knows my name.”

Though some attentive people take being observant too far to where they seem nosy or weird, Bri shows that she knows how to control it and be curious from afar.

“I pay attention to everyone else, but they never seem to pay me the same mind,” she said.

While those people are missing out on the opportunity to observe, Bri’s creativity and imagination are growing with every word she hears, every character trait she notices, and with every new person she meets.

“I definitely think that being attentive is an important part of creativity and imagination,” replied English teacher, Mr. Robinson. “The best works of art and literature are great because their creators pay careful attention to detail–both to the world around them and to the works of art they produce.”

Bri declared that when she took the time to listen and pay attention she could “describe silence and make you hear it” which also helps her better understand her surroundings.

Mr. Robinson agreed, saying that just like people who pay attention when they read comprehend more, people who pay attention to their surroundings have a stronger grip on reality.

Even if it isn’t your goal to be a spy when you grow up, being observant will help you with many things in life, including descriptive papers you have to write for school, and increasing your interpersonal skills.

“Observant people often have important, interesting things to say,” declared Mr. Robinson.

“And they make for great dinner guests, so long as they don’t just stare at everyone the whole time.”

Reported by Courtney Hines