I will never pretend to be perfect. I’m far from it. I am messy, like to sleep too much, can’t seem to stop drinking soda, and I am awful at returning phone calls. I’m sure there are other things that make me imperfect, but we’ll save that for a future post.
Enough about me though, this post is all about other people’s faults.
Here are a few things I’d like people to start or stop doing in order to make my life a little easier. If you are guilty of one or more of these, thank you in advance for changing your ways.
1. Start Using Your Blinker.
Blinkers were invented for a reason, a pretty good reason actually.
Blinkers were created to make people aware of the fact that you are taking your 4000+ pound car in a different direction.
Using your blinker takes not more than a second, is helpful for everyone around you (mostly others who are also driving a 4000+ pound car), and frankly, it’s the law.
I hate to get all judgy, but it’s a really easy thing for you to start doing and would help me out a lot. See, when you don’t use your blinker and cut me off, then I get angry. This causes me to have to start yelling at you, which in turn makes me miss part of the stimulating NPR show I was listening to and I don’t like that. I also have glare at you when I drive past and pray that I:
1. Don’t know you or
2. Haven’t pissed off a sociopath.
So let’s help everyone out. Stop assuming that other drivers know what you are doing and start using your blinker.
2. Stop Stealing Razors And Facewash In The Grocery Store.
I realize this may not apply to you, but I just have to get this off my chest.
Why is it that every time I go to the grocery store, there are always more products that are locked up due to excessive shoplifting?
First of all, we are talking about a grocery store where the most expensive thing (outside of the pharmacy) is possibly an imported cheese or fancy bottle of wine. But those are not the items that are behind bars (although I’d be very upset if they were!). No, I’m talking about razors, facewash, and other random toiletries.
When I go shopping now, I either have to find an employee to unlock the case to give me the product or I have to go to the customer service desk where the product is securely locked up behind the counter.
If you are going to steal something, steal you some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It’s well worth it. You can live with hairy legs, but you shouldn’t be living without Ben & Jerry’s.
3. Start Cleaning Up After Your Dog.
We live in an apartment complex and it blows my mind how many people don’t clean up after their dogs.
Our apartment management sends out an email about once a month reminding dog owners to clean up after their pet and it does no good. There are free bags located all throughout the complex so no money has to be spent. It takes about a minute to pick up, another minute or two to throw away, so let’s round up- it would take 5 minutes at the most to do something courteous to others. Do you have 5 minutes to do this? I think you do.
If you have your own yard, you do you. But if you share an outside area with others, help make this world a little less crappy. (see what I did there?).
Plus my husband tells me that not picking up after your pet attracts insects (which I hate) that attract wildlife aka snakes (which I hate). So do me a solid and pick up after your dog.
4. Stop Using the Self-Checkout If You Struggle Using A Computer Or Cell Phone.
I absolutely love the self-checkout option. When I’m buying tampons, pizza, ice cream and wine, I don’t want to have a conversation about how my day is going and how much money I’m saving. I want to check out as soon as possible and get home to stuff my face.
So when I’m standing in line, knowing that my delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is melting as someone with a full-cart slowly scans each of their items, which almost always includes 4 different types of produce that have to be individually looked up and typed in, I’m not thrilled.
Self-checkouts were created for people who have a few groceries and can get through that line quicker than going through a register with a cashier.
You don’t have to be technology-savvy, but if you don’t know how to add a contact to your own phone, then let the experts handle your groceries, please.
5. Start Paying Attention To Personal Space.
I have a personal space bubble. While my bubble may be larger than others, I feel like everyone has a bubble of some size.
I know that I’ve already talked about my annoyance with stroller-wielding parents at Disney. I’ll also never understand why people must stand so close to others when waiting in line. It doesn’t make the line go any quicker and why would you want to be that close to someone? I realize that the line at the grocery store may be taking a while because someone decided to use the self-check option during their weekly grocery trip. Trust me, I’m as annoyed as you are but vertically spooning the person in front of me isn’t going to help anything at all.
Back up and breathe a little. Everything is going to be okay.
This rule can also be applied while driving. You being all up on the car in front of you does absolutely no good. You are not getting anywhere any quicker and you are much more likely to cause an unnecessary accident. Just stop doing it.
I realize I sound like an angry, bitter person in this post and I promise I’m not. I’d actually consider myself a pretty laid-back person. These just happen to be a few of my personal preferences that I hope you remember next time you are driving, walking your dog or grocery shopping.
Thanks for reading friends! Talk to you soon!
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