Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? I have, but it was just for a few minutes, so I didn't have enough time to panic. There were 2 other people in the elevator with me, and after a few nervous chuckles a piece, all was well again.
But what if the elevator remained stuck for an hour? Or 12? My anxiety would have skyrocketed and I would have assumed the fetal position on the floor. But another part of me starts to ponder what happens to people when they are stuck in close quarters for long periods of time. It could be kind of therapeutic, in a way. There's absolutely nowhere to hide. No room you can escape to, no curtain to help draw your boundaries, nothing. Just you in a metal box.
I'm sure the first few hours would be spent trying to call for help, or trying to escape somehow. And once all options have been exhausted, there would likely be an uneasy silence as we all came to terms with the reality of our situation.
But after a while, I think we would begin to open up. What else are you going to do to pass the time? So we start talking to each other and asking questions. Maybe there's laughter, or tears. Maybe the confessions begin because our burdens become too heavy to bear.
I think about the unresolved nature of life and the people I'd like to be (temporarily) trapped in an elevator with in the name of getting closure. People that I've hurt, or who have hurt me. People that I've lost touch with and want to reconnect and let them know they are still important to me. But life happens, and all that jazz. It could be a cheap form of therapy. Albeit highly stressful, haha.
Or maybe you just need to vent to someone who doesn't know you or a thing about your life, and so you choose to be stuck with strangers. This could totally be a thing, guys. I'm inventing the elevator therapy room. Boom. :)
If you could be stuck in an elevator with someone, who would you choose? Why? I'd love to hear more!
P.S. Don't forget to join Shelly and me for Write or Die Wednesdays beginning on Weds, 11/18. The prompt is: "What's your writing process?" Come share with us!