What are some things you've observed about people.... while sitting on a bus? or watching internet forums? or in your daily interactions with people?
Today I was sitting on a packed bus. There was a young woman (17 or 18) who had a pram with a toddler in it and another young child. Three ladies that were sitting in the only seat left that can fit a pram did not get up and move. The young woman did not say a thing, but just stood up with the pram.
I observed how another older lady with a pram managed to get a seat, and inferred that the status of the young woman was lower than that of the ladies who did not offer their seats, and also the older woman who had the child. I also inferred some things about the young ladies personality, and those who did not elect to move. Very rarely did the ladies sitting down look at the young girl- it was as if it was "out of sight, out of mind". So too did the young woman who chose to look out the window.
I could tell the young ladies daughter was an extravert. I was making gestures to her, and she was responding. We waved, and even spoke as I got off. She was also interacting with the other children on the bus after I initiated with her. As if she had just learned something from me about interacting with people on buses.
I noticed all the parents looked very tired. One lady even looked sad, and the juxtaposition between her jumpy, curious child and her smiling, but sad face was quite distinct. I also noticed how the parents tended to look outside the bus wearily, while their children were looking up at them and all around them.
We were all on this packed bus, and I tried to imagine how even though we were in such close proximity, we were all in our own separate universes. Why is it that we don't tend to engage with people even though we may be sitting so close to each other? I did not even look over to acknowledge the girl sitting next to me.
Today while at the shops, I also came across this old asian lady who I see regularly. She always has shopping bags, a trolly or cart (that are twice the size of her) with her. She is quite small and she has crazy grey hair and always wears this distinct pair of sunglasses. She is always alone, and tends to buy food only enough for herself. I relate to her just by her general appearance and ambiance. I can see that she is quite independent, and is quite solitary. She always looks like she's thinking.