There's a driving version too. "Maybe the person in that car is going to their neice's house for a dinner and they're not happy because they hate her." Or "Maybe that person is driving home from a long day at work and can't wait to see their dog."
"Yeah, there wasn't a lot to do back on the old farm. Just sit back, think about things, and then repress those thoughts immediately..."
Sometimes when I'm out and about I think about people. Not so much people-watching in the present as it is wondering where they've been. That old man over there--what was it like for him growing up? Did he have a lot of friends he got into shenanigans with? What kind of job does he have? Maybe he moved here from Iowa or someplace else? Is he married or does he have kids? Kinda like making up a backstory for them.
I've done the self-centered version of this -- I imagine some kind of movie-style event bringing me and the person together, and me getting to know them in the context of that situation. Happens a lot on elevators, buses, and train cars.
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- 'No, YOU move.'"
- Captain America
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1w2/7w6/3w4 so/sx (enneagram)
lawful good (D&D) / ravenclaw + wampus (HP) / boros legion (M:TG)
conscientious > sensitive > serious (oldham)
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