Yesterday was bright and sunny here in West Norfolk, and I decided to go to the beach for the day. I went to the bus station and joined the queue for the Hunstanton bus.
The queue was mainly older people, and mums with strollers, but there were also a group of 4 early 20’s. They were fairly noisy, joking to each other, smoking and drinking. I noticed some disapproving looks and, as the bus arrived and we started to board it, some negative comments.
But you know what I saw?
I saw 4 young people queuing up for the bus.
Not barging their way to the front of the queue (as I saw a couple of other people do); not commenting about other people; not caring what others did. Just enjoying their own company and following the rules. I also saw them put out the cigarettes, and throw the empty cans in the garbage before getting on the bus.
I guess it’s true that you see what you expect to see – if you are expecting all younger people to be loud and obnoxious, that is what you see. If you expect to see excited people going to the seaside, that is what you get.