This one is interesting to me on many levels, but I will try to keep it nice and focused.
I Sound Like An Old Man…
Times have officially changed, or have they, I am not sure? But I will tell you, as an observant individual, there is an…let’s call it interesting…phenomenon going on now a days. The Space Invaders have landed!!!!!
There is no more personal space! I remember the days when you could go to a public place, sit down quietly, have a bagel, a cup of coffee and enjoy yourself. Now, I am not a social misfit or anything, but sometimes you just want to relax and be alone with your thoughts. Ahhhh…it doesn’t exist anymore. Let’s describe today’s space invaders, shall we?
Have I Become Less Tolerant Or…
Has our society gone wild? Everyone who knows me, knows that I am very social and I enjoy being around people…But I do not recall it being this bad growing up. I remember mom taking me out of shopping centers to remind me of how to act in public. I remember being taken home because I was interrupting the peace as I pitched a fit in a restaurant. I remember being taught how to “sit still”. Are these lessons not taught to children and do the adults or parents that interact in public not remember them? Because they seem to be just as disruptive!
So, as I sit here and rant…”my buddy” (one of the loud talkers) is pacing back and forth, right next to me, as she tries to now put her child to sleep. Right now…as I sit here…I hear “my other buddy” (the other loud talker) having a conversation with the same person who is trying to put her child to sleep. By the way, I have headphones on…I still hear them. Right now…as I sit here…I am discouraged!
My advice to everyone is this. Smile, be social and initiate interaction, but know when you are welcome, know when you are invited, know when and where it is okay to be loud and disruptive (playgrounds, hockey or football games, etc…) know when to leave and most importantly understand “Personal Space”.
I ain’t mad at ya! I am just dissappointed…and as I remember that is much worse. My Journey Continues (quietly)