He was balding, if not completely bald, and looked like the sort of man I wouldn't take great pleasure in interacting with. Frankly, he looked grumpy as I watched him through the tiny window. He probably had good reason to be grumpy, as there was a tube exiting his nostrils and connecting his lungs with a machine nearby. How sad, I thought.
As I continued to observe, he pulled a cigarette out of his pocket, lit up, and inhaled deeply. Surprised and grieved, I realized that the machine was a direct result of this man's habit, or perhaps habits, plural. I had a sudden image of him 30 years ago, young, a hotshot with a stylish cigarette hanging from his lips, with no idea how it would ravage his body in later years. It was a startling reminder of how our choices today, even those made lightheartedly, so directly affect our future.