PerspectiveWho’s more of a nuisance on the sidewalk? It’s a matter of perspective. Who are the speediest on the sidewalk? It may not be you.
- Tourists walk 3.79 feet per second
- Smokers: 4.17 feet per second
- Cellphone users: 4.20 feet per second
- Headphone listeners: 4.64 feet per second
- Large pedestrians: 3.74 feet per second
- Men: 4.42 feet per second
- Women: 4.10 feet per second
- People with bags: 4.27 feet per second
EmpathyI will relay an anecdote. I once was walking briskly down Market toward the Patco train station. I was thinking about myself, how I wanted to meet friend over the bridge for dinner, one of them mentioning how I’d be the last one arriving. I was in a rush. I was inside my own head, my own experience. I quickly came upon ‘one of those’ people walking too slow for me at that point in time. I sighed in annoyance upon passing a man, looking back with a scowl to see a blind man. I felt horrible. I was only thinking of myself and my own plans. I wasn’t thinking about living in a city filled with other people, living at their own pace, wanting to get to their own destinations in peace. While we don’t know exactly why someone may be walking slow (or slower than we’d like them to be), it’s better to be empathetic. Maybe they’re walking as fast as they can, rather than taking part in an evil plan to hold us up on our way.
HumorIt’s much more fun (and takes less effort to smile). Rather get annoyed or enraged the next time you find yourself in an unfortunate sidewalk predicament, be thankful you’re not inside your car, making the following annoyed faces: Image source: lifehack.org
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