My body is wider than it really is.

There is this concept of personal space: the space around you that psychologically “belongs” to you. If people get inside that space, you feel uncomfortable.

I’ve noticed that my physical body also extends outside of itself. When people walk towards me in a tight place, such as a narrow pavement, I often misjudge the space we have.

They walk towards me. I walk straight ahead, and I’m right up against the wall on my other side, and I can’t get out of their way.

I am sure we will walk right into each other. I brace for impact.

And then: nothing. Maybe our elbows brush, barely. Maybe not even that.