People Are Better Than You Think

People are better than you think.

I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now. After drinking a massive green tea and half a gallon of water, I needed to use the restroom.

I didn’t ask anyone to watch my things—my laptop, phone, books, and a notebook.

I just got up, walked across the room and went to the restroom. When I came back, everything I own was in its rightful place.

I do this in every coffee shop I go to. Always. In NYC, in LA, in BOS—wherever. If there are people around, I trust that things won’t disappear.

I think this is cute and trusting of me.

Mose people would not use the word “cute” to describe this behavior. It’s more along the lines of flat out stupid.

And, yes, I realize I may be jinxing myself right now by telling you this.

But I believe people are a lot better than we think. Most of the time, no one is going to steal your stuff. Sometimes they will. Most of the time they won’t.

Because, by my incredibly scientific calculations, 99% of the world doesn’t want to screw up someone’s day like that.

Only 1% does.

And the rest of us, the 99% of us, spend so much of our time and brain space defending against the 1%. That seems silly to me.

I haven’t lost a laptop (yet). I am sickeningly trusting. Sickeningly stupid, maybe.

But…

People are better than you think.

**Will update you if someone now decides to follow me to coffee shops to steal my laptop.**

Kate Ward