There is a skill that everybody that carries and even those that don’t need to acquire.
My wife doesn’t have it at all. She has no ability to anticipate, to notice, to plan for what will happen.
On the other side there are the people that look at every trip into the city as a threat to their lives (I’m looking in a mirror) and plan for any possible event.
Situational awareness is more than pre planning. It is the ability to notice things and put together a gestalt that tells you “Here Be Dragons”.
Did you notice that little man sitting with his back to the wall sipping a drink? Did you notice that guy that is obviously right handed but never carries anything in his right hand? Did you notice that couple getting noisy in the back corner?
How about the two dudes that might not be friends with stiff bodies?
Did you notice the car that shouldn’t be on the street? Did you notice the van with the wrong public utilities symbol on it? Did you notice that the girl you are dancing with is to hot to be single?
Is she crazy? Is she trouble on two legs?
Or is she taken?