I can’t get over how AWKWARD it is to cross paths with a stranger on the street, especially when it’s just the two of you.
You see each other coming from the distance…
WHERE do you look? What do you do?
And then finally when you are so near….
WHERE do you look?!
Suddenly the street on the other side becomes very interesting… Or the car passing by.
I always feel super awkward when this happens. I would like to smile and say hello. But in big cities that doesn’t really happen. Of course I could do it anyway, that’s true.
Of course if I am lost in my thoughts that’s a different matter. But one person coming your way is hard to miss.
What do you usually do? How do you behave? Do you look at the person in the eyes, and the look away? Do you pretend you are looking at your phone, nails, purse, shoes, anything else you may find available?
I think we should all say hello. It’s not nice to ignore someone that you know is right there. And why not say hello in big cities? We will all benefit from a little extra kindness/courtesy.