This message is for anyone who has ever done any of the following:
- cut someone off by running in the middle of the sidewalk with either a dog or a stroller.
- parked crooked, taking up another parking spot.
- brought your kids and a friend to a coffee shop to have "lunch", but spent less than $5.
- turned on your blinker and intentionally cut someone off in another lane - just because your blinker was on.
Please know, that if you have ever done any of the above—you are not entitled. In fact, you are rude. We are all human beings and we all deserve respect. Your time is not more important than ours. Your children do not have the right to eat anywhere and disrupt everyone else. Your dogs do not have the right of way.
Guess, what? When you bring your own food to a coffee shop, buy a $2 drip coffee and let your kids run around screaming while you gossip with a friend, SOMEONE else is paying for your heat, table, electricity and roof that's over your head. Or, perhaps, when you're running in the middle of the sidewalk with a dog and/or stroller and someone literally has to step off the sidewalk to make room for you, you can actually say "excuse me". And, maybe, JUST, maybe, if you put your blinker on and paused, instead of cutting someone off, someone just might let you move ahead of them in their lane.
Maybe people wouldn't hold so much resentment if everyone were a little kinder. I find that ever since I have moved to West Seattle, I have had to just "deal" with these kind of people. Frankly, I don't want to anymore. I think we can all learn a bit of compassion (even myself).
If one person read's this and does something nice for someone else, I've accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. Be mindful, it wouldn't hurt.