We like to believe that other people are out to get us. To make us unhappy. To make our lives harder. When in actual fact the majority of people, (I would in fact say all of the people the majority of the time-but this is highly debatable) are just genuinely, simply going about their daily lives, living as best they can and trying to not get in your way.
For example, take me yesterday. I was waiting at a bus stop. Had been for 10-ish minutes. I was happy minding my own business listening to music and staring at my feet. As any unassuming citizen does these days. I was seated at the bus stop-a couple of metres from the actual stop. I’d had a bad day. Arguments with family. Up-coming arguments with friends I could tell. My opinion on people in general was lingering between annoyance and hatred. Next thing I knew a girl hurriedly ran past me and stuck her arm out to request the bus. The same one I needed, but being in my good-citizen-looking-at-my-feet-minding-my-own-business-contemplating-my-bad-future mood, I had in actual fact not seen. I stood up to get on the bus, she’d stopped and she, despite being much closer to the bus than me, tired from her run and the actual requester of the bus, allowed me on first. Simply and kindly because she knew I was there first, and that I’d waited longer. Probably no-one else around us even noticed, probably she herself just thought it was normal.
It basically made my day.
People are genuine. They are nice. They have similar problems to you. Or they have had. Or they will have. Life goes on.
Your problems change. But people’s don’t.