At 7.30 in the morning I pass through the excruciatingly busy Gullmarsplan station just south of Stockholm.
Here people are channelled cattle-like through a very badly designed environment as they emerge from buses, subway and trams.
You would think that the staff might be doing something to alleviate the congestion, or open the barriers to allow people through, or help people with buggies up and down stairs. But no, they have more important things to be getting on with. And that is to stand around and point.
When they’re not pointing, they are chatting to each other. But usually they just stand there and they point.
The pointing appears to be a general “this way to the trains” which is interesting as they are standing right beside the trains, and the trains are large and blue and kind of hard to miss.
It might be a “Look, there is space available on this part of the platform” kind of thing except for the fact that they are pointing at the entirety of the platform where some space may always be found.
It’s nice to see, after four years of advanced pointing in a university, that these people can get some work somewhere. And it’s also nice to know that I am paying 700 Swedish crowns a month so that they can be there and do what it is they love to do. Which is to point.
It just goes to show, you should always follow your dreams.
Wherever they might point.