Originally Posted by melancholyscorpio
I get nervous sitting in traffic because I feel like the person in the car behind me is looking at me. Or the people in the cars in the opposite direction are looking at me.
If you've got a bumper sticker that grabs people's attention then perhaps the person behind you will look at you. I was sitting behind someone yesterday and their sticker said, "You're not a Christian if you are not pro-life".
Also there was a time when I was stopped at a red light next to a car with a make and model that could be considered a rival to what I was driving. I looked straight ahead so as not to provoke any action on their part but I still felt myself smirking on the inside. In the GTA or Need For Speed universe a drag race would ensue. But my gamer self and real life self are two different beings so rather than stomp on the gas on green, I just drove like a well behaved citizen
Sometimes when I'm shopping I get really nervous with people. I'll avoid aisles if there's someone standing next to something I need
This happens a lot during rush hour - people will stand next to what I need when I enter the aisle. Depending on the person, they can take a LONG time to decide if honey nut cheerios is preferable to the plain ones. I just go on to the next item on my list and come back later.
With the pandemic things are made even more awkward because of the ground markings that tell you which direction to approach an aisle. Some people ignore the markings and if I don't pay attention it could possibly end up like a game of tackle football!
On a more positive note there are times when my viewing an item reminds another shopper that they too need that item. Was picking up the dish soap when a couple dashing by stopped and the lady said, "hey don't we need some of that?" I bet if I wasn't there they would have kept going, only to realize later what they had forgotten.