Be Aware

May 24th, 2011

Today, I went to the grocery store. I walked the aisles and got the things I needed, then paid for everything and started to walk out the door. As I did this, I saw a girl, probably in her early twenties. She walked past a line of people walking out the door. I was one of them. As she passed me,  her purse hit my arm.

Part of me wanted to turn around and say, “excuse me.” in a mocking tone, and hope that she understood that she was being rude. But I didn’t. She probably wouldn’t have gotten my hint, anyway. Did the purse hitting me hurt? No, not at all. It’s not a matter of whether it hurt or not. The problem was her lack of manners. There are a couple things I’d like to point out here:

First She violated one of my biggest pet peeves. While she was walking, she looked straight forward. She didn’t acknowledge me, or anyone else she passed. She was not the only person walking through the door. In my opinion, this action is the definition of rude.

You are not the only person in the world, and I don’t care who you are or what you’re doing, you are not too important or too busy to be friendly. At the very least, glance over at the people you meet. You don’t even have to say anything. A smile will do. It’s the gesture that counts. Having a bad day and can’t smile? I don’t care. We are all in this world together, and we all have problems, struggles and issues. Yours are not bigger than mine, they are just different. Also, there is always someone who is worse off than you. Brighten someone’s day. They might be having a bad day as well. Your smile – even if you’re not feelin’ it, might help someone else feel better.

Second: Her purse hit me, as well as the lady in front of me. She didn’t apologize. There is absolutely no excuse for this. Even if she had been in a hurry. Saying “I’m sorry,” takes less than one second, from start to finish. She could have said it to the lady in front of me, then grabbed her purse out of the way of anyone else it may hit. But she didn’t. This behavior is rude.

I don’t feel the  need to elaborate on this one, because not all of you carry purses, and you get my point.

Be aware of those around you. Again, I don’t care who you are or what you’re doing. You are not too important or too busy to be friendly and courteous. There is no excuse or situation that makes being rude okay. Ever.

That is all. Have a great day, friends.


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