So the other day, I had to nip into Blackburn town centre to buy a jumper. I had an hour to spare and it'd been a couple of months since I'd braved public transport in the daytime, plus it was a nice bonus actually experiencing sunlight and prising myself out of the onesie that has recently become my uniform.
I get into Blackburn, bob my headphones in, bugger off to Primarni, buy said jumper and hop back onto the bus to Darren.
As I was leaning against the window at the back of the bus, I happened to glance down to my right at the car next us at the traffic lights. It was a taxi, and in the front passenger seat next to me was a young lad of maybe 19 that was looking up at me and smiling. I smiled back at him, and then continued staring aimlessly out the front of the bus, thinking to myself 'how nice it is that just a smile from someone can make your day'.
As we waited for the lights to change, I couldn't help but think that the world would surely be a better place if people did smile more often- it costs nowt to grin at someone and sometimes people need just that tiny glint of human interaction to get them through the day.
By now, the lights had changed and the taxi shot off, only to be overtaken by the bus a few moments later. As we approached the taxi, I glanced down again to see if the passenger was still smiling.
He wasn't; he flipped me the bird.
Ah well, the moment was good whilst it lasted.