Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I like Jim

Isn't it funny how you can form an opinion of someone based on really nothing at all?

Every day on my way to the bus stop, I walk past Jim. I know nothing about him other than that he is older (based on the white hair and beard), he has a routine that sends him walking up the hill every afternoon as I am walking down the hill, and apparently his name is Jim (based on the name stitched on the work shirts he always wears). So I don't know anything about him, but I like him. When we pass every day, he smiles and nods. Sometimes he says hello. So he seems nice and I enjoy seeing him.

On the other hand, there's a lady at my bus stop that I also see every day. I'll usually nod or say hello when I walk up, and she sometimes nods back, sometimes just kind of looks away as I walk up. So even though I know nothing about her, I kind of don't like her. She's probably a really nice person. Maybe she's just tired at the end of the day. Maybe she's shy.

I guess what I'm getting out of this is that I should take the trouble to smile and say hello when I see someone... otherwise maybe they'll decide to dislike me for no good reason. =)


Druciana said...

Isn't it funny how we jump to conclusions about people like that. I say, go ahead and like Jim. If he turns out to really be some crazed cereal killer, you can say, "He was such a nice guy. I'm shocked!" lol

Pam said...

I love Druciana's comment! It is so true though. I mostly go by how I feel around a person, and, sometimes I am surprised by uncomfortable feelings I have around seemingly nice people. I have learned to trust that instinct even if it doesn't make sense.

Melissa said...

Isn't it funny how we can form opinions of people based on so little, when we've never even had a conversation?