Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LOOK UP! [NaBloPoMo 19]

The headline of this post isn't even meant as a metaphor for missing the world if you're not careful of it passing you by. I mean it quite literally, and I mean it for a specific group of people: those who text while walking.

The other day, I was on a narrow sidewalk and saw a Walking Texter coming right toward me. In order to avoid a collision, I had to step to the side and wait for her to pass. She barely looked up to acknowledge the inconvenience.

Belle would totally be a Walking Texter
And then in the same day, another Walking Texter barreled right into me despite my attempts to serpentine to avoid a crash. He snarled at me, "Watch it" and kept going.

So I'm strongly considering printing out this message below to hand to those who text while walking because I am sick of all of you.

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Dear Person,

I mean, I get it. You're probably a busy and important person who just can't waste time not answering that text you just got. And who has time to step to the side of a busy and crowded sidewalk to answer a text or look up directions on a map? Not you, of course. Time spent stopping is not an option--you have to own the whole damn sidewalk instead.

But I'm going to let you in on a secret: while your nose is in your phone and your stride becomes slower, the world is actually still moving around you.

I know! What a surprise it doesn't just stop for you!

But while you meander and text in a give-no-fucks manner, you don't command anything other than nasty stares from all those who have to dodge you.

Or they could just run right into you, which--I know--is sooooo rude.

So do the world a favor: look up! Put your phone in your pocket/purse/fanny pack. And should you accidentally bump into someone who isn't as fortunate as you to be so in demand that they must answer a text while walking, be courteous and apologetic.

Signed,
Someone just trying to walk down the street


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