Most likely she didn't choose this life, and what a horrible life it is. and now was stuck it in with no easy was out. Once in a world of addictive and addicts it's hard to claw your way out without the support of others around her.
I smiled at her, and she smiled back. I wanted show her that kindness from strangers was possible. That unlike other people I thought she was worthy of more than a cold stare.
The world when it is like this makes me sad.
I seem to be a bit of a "freak" or lost person magnet. I guess they see that I'm an unthreatning person who will smile that them. And most of time I find these people just want a bit of chat, a bit of time and a bit of kindness. And quite often I get something out of it too.
I wish we lived in a world that felt this more so, as perhaps there would be less troubled and lost people. Or at least they wouldn't feel so alone.