There are two types of people in this world. Which are you?

May 17, 2016

So, there was a ton of drama-rama-bo-bama all over the Interwebz this past weekend. Someone posted a very inflammatory opinion piece (heavy emphasis on the word opinion) in a private Facebook Group of women who were basically ALL the object of her wrath. Think something along the lines of “you and everything you do sucks and if you dare try to disagree with my viewpoint I will unleash holy hell all over you”. Yah, that sort of thing.

And I hate that sort of thing. I am a conflict adverse person. And I didn’t engage at all in it myself, but like a driver slowly crawling past a big trainwreck off the side of the highway I couldn’t tear myself away from watching the carnage even when things got really ugly.

Trust me y’all things got reaaaalllllyyy ugly

And why did it need to get so ugly? Why do people need to get so nasty when it comes to differing viewpoints. Why can’t people just engage in respectful debate (then eventually agree to disagree) instead of unleashing the above mentioned holy-hell over any nay-sayers.

It just comes down to respect y’all.

There are two types of people in this world

Anyways, it got me thinking about another totally unrelated event this past weekend, but one that got me thinking about the two types of people in this world.

Let me set the scene for you…

I was out running errands and I was walking through our local mall trying to get shizzle done while my kids were at Parkour. It was Saturday and of course the mall was really crowded. I was walking along with my bags when I noticed a lady coming towards me at full tilt, also laden with bags. As we got closer together it became very apparent that we were engaging in a version of “mall chicken” and that this lady had zero intention of moving out of the way.

So we got closer together. I swear she furrowed her brow with determination as we got only steps apart.

And then we were only 4 steps apart…3 steps…..2 steps…..

It was going to be up to me to step aside lest we crash head on. So step aside I did, and the lady breezed by still at full tilt without the slightest hesitation or effort to actually step out of my way as predicted.

This doesn’t make sense to me.

Doesn’t it make sense that EVERYONE should make the effort to step out of another persons way? Even if you end up doing some awkward “we both go left, then right, then left again at the same time type of mambo dance” it still means that at least you are both TRYING to get out of the other’s way right?!

I have ALWAYS been the type of person to step out of the way. Even when I don’t want to. I’m stubborn, but i’m respectful of people. It’s part of my nature. I don’t get people who aren’t.

So peeps, it comes down to this very simply. There are two types of people in this world.

People who get out of the way and those who don’t.

Which are you?

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  • Reply Angela September May 17, 2016 at 11:07 am

    ugh entitled people like this give me a headache and make me hate society.

    • Reply Christine May 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Me too. And they make me want to drink wine. Lots of wine! 🙂

  • Reply Jenn @YouPinspireMe May 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I totes get out of the way. I do not enjoy being the reason that someone stumbles, I do not enjoy causing trouble, and I do definitely whine and complain about the lack of basic respect the person on the other end of whichever game of Chicken I’ve just engaged in has displayed.

    • Reply Christine May 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Good on you sister. It’s really so simple, be considerate right? 🙂

  • Reply Hannah May 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Yea! I love this, Christine! And I am definitely the step-out-of-your-way-apologize-to-you-and-the-railing-when-I-fall-over-to-get-out-of-the-way type of person. It was really hard for me being in a culture like China (okay, so it was just a few hours in the airport on the way to Thailand) where it seemed like the norm was to shove everyone out of the way and be very disrespectful of everyone but themselves. I love the (general) Canadian politeness.

    • Reply leslie May 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Hi. When I was traveling in Vietnam I met a female Swedish engineer who noticed I was a bit put off by a group of Chinese tourists pushing and shoving in front of a market stall. She had worked in China and took the opportunity to share that in a population on 1 billion people one has to push and shove to get what one needs because no one else is looking out for them or trying to help them out. I found this really interesting and sometimes it allows me to not get bothered by someone pushing and shoving their way by me. Then again I do recall a time when an older woman tried to push her way past me to get on a very crowded bus (I was waiting for people to exit first) and I put my hand out, stopped her and said ‘wait your turn’. It’s a pet peeve of mine that people try to board a busy bus when everyone hasn’t gotten of yet…

  • Reply leslie May 19, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I go both ways in this situation 🙂 Sometimes I step aside and sometimes when I really feel I am in the right (for ex. 3 people coming at me on a sidewalk to my 1 and they don’t move aside and I’m as far to the right as can be; or if they are heads down in a cellphone screen and walking right at me – I do usually yell ‘heads up’ first) I square up my shoulders, tighten my core and prepare for the hit so that I don’t get the worst of it. Lack of awareness of or care for others is a pet peeve, so it all depends on my ability to ‘read’ them…Now if we are on a sports field, CDay, I think you know what I’ll do…

  • Reply Christina August 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I move. There was a time I didn’t because kids and I went single file and 2 adults coming other way did not which would make me step off curb to avoid a hit. The girl who plowed into me was half my size and quite angry. I said share the sidewalk. Also I have lived in China and no one played sidewalk chicken with me there. I did get pushed, jostled, and have a shopping cart bumped into me though.

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