The other day I was at Walmart (my new favorite store- having never been to one in my life – I now stop by multiple times a week for toiletries not to mention the quality writing material I gather on just observing the patrons shopping) and as I was browsing through the shampoo Aisle (something about toiletries has always appealed to me. I can spend hours in Target just browsing through the lip glosses and eyeliners. The shades haven’t changed yet somehow I lose track of time and am transported into another dimension of revolving colors and oozing smells…the entire experience is soothing and mesmerizing and relaxing on some admittedly weird level (probably dysfunctional mother issues).
Anyway back to the shampoo aisle…..
SO there I was minding my own business in my spaced out state when I hear a beeping noise behind me.
Similar in sound and pace as a large truck backing up it went like this:
“Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep”
in a steady high pitched tone – only something was off….
The beeping was coming from a human!
I turned around and saw an obese YOUNG woman in a motorized scooter behind me – literally beeping me – without a horn no less- to move out of her way.
Let me remind you, I live in Florida now, and it is not unusual to see an older, frail person riding a motorized scooter in the aisles of stores trying to pass by but typically i see them coming and understand by the look in their eyes that they are not about to move for ME and that they think they are entitled to the right of way – maybe because they believe they paid their dues by moving out of BULLETS way in the WAR (yeeks – what entitlement!) – nevertheless, it is known that they and are not stepping aside for those of us pedestrians that actually walk, however, I have never indeed heard a woman BEEP at me as though she were in fact, A TRUCK, not just the SIZE of one.
I know it was asking a lot to expect an “Excuse Me” or even an “Outta My Way!” heck, I would have settled for “MOVE IT!”
Seriously? This woman had actually BECOME her vehicle!!
At what point in a young persons life do they just decide to give up WALKING and TALKING for cookies and candy? Don’t get me wrong- I have my own issues with overeating and over indulging on the cookie front myself- however, I don’t really get how a person allows themselves to get THAT BIG that they can not walk through a Walmart without wheels and honking at others?
I suppose there are TWO different issues here:
1. The obesity epidemic (just shut your mouth it is not a disease for god sake )- why are we spending so much money on obesity research when it’s simply a matter of choice? Cancer is not a choice. Obesity is.
My husband always reminds me that no one put a gun to my head before i inhaled the entire box of Oreos and complained to him later that night. (I still manage to find a way to make it all HIS fault that i ate them.)
- Losing yourself in your technology.
I see this aspect every single day. Be it a cell phone ,smartphone, ipad, ipod, xbox, computer (you can see I am out of date- i use the same mac laptop and 2 year old blackberry that has terrible internet ) – whatever electronic technological gadget it may be- people seem to put their nose into their devices and never look up. They walk down the street with their face buried and fingers furiously texting away. (Just once I’d like to pounce out of the bushes and mug one of these texters and scare the bejesus out of them- teach them a lesson and maybe score a new lipgloss)
My biggest pet peeve is when I see them driving while reading their emails and holding their phones to their heads (apparently LEGAL in Florida -which i did not know and actually pulled my window down to scold someone guilty of said texting – only to be flipped the birdie), or driving while applying nail polish (such pretty colors! – I wonder if they went to target?) and ignore oncoming traffic. They interrupt each other at dinner to retrieve calls that have no particular urgency other than the phone rang.
So here’s my final thought:
Let the technology go folks! Put it down for a minute while you are walking and actually look around you – become aware of your surroundings.
For the first time the phrase: “stop and smell the roses” makes sense other than on a figurative level…..actually take it literally and smell, enjoy and be mindful of what is surrounding you.
Same thing with the obesity issue…get out and take a walk…even if it’s only 2 or 3 steps before your large legs cave in. Make each step count and push yourself toward a healthy goal. And for goodness sake- don’t just accept what you have become …..make the change to improve yourself. Take the time to say “excuse me” instead of beeping!
Forgo the Baby steps…..take the BIG steps. That’s what makes change.