For the most part, I am an extremely forgiving and understanding person. When I am not, I try to be forgiving and understanding. This is why I ask: Slow walking… Why?
Try as I might, I cannot understand slow walking. I will admit – I am a relentlessly fast walker. I may actually have a problem, as I even want to fast walk in museums. I understand that some situations call for a leisurely gait; I get it. I try to keep down the pace. But seriously, slow walking in areas of communal pedestrian transit? What gives? I fully embrace that everyone has a right to walk at their own pace, I just long to understand.
It’s not that I have a problem with all slow walkers, it’s just when they are oblivious to how it is affecting others. There are some people who sense you coming from behind at a rapid clip and they move aside. Fine. Great. We are walking brethren. It’s the slow walkers who push their slow walking agenda (or lack of an agenda at all) on everyone in their wake that baffle me. Oh, and I should note obviously I am not talking about children, old people, injured people, etc. Again, I am a kind and understanding person.
…But to the oblivious slow walkers:
Why do you need to take up more room than faster walkers?
Why do you make a weaving path?
How do you not hear people slow behind them and then awkwardly shuffle, stop and start, struggling to find a window to pass?
Why can’t you stick to a slow lane and let others by?
Why can’t you just stop to text or sort through your bag or put your hair in a ponytail or whatever? Actually, don’t even get me started on the sudden stoppers.
Please, please help me to understand!
Am I missing something by walking quickly?
Am I too uptight?
Am I passing by the beauty of this world?
Are you thinking things I would never dream of while I just focus on the clock?
Do you just hate me?
Are you just being 100% you, with no apology, slow walking and all?
Am I a quiet walker?
Do you think fast walking is dangerous?
Do you hate where you are going?
Are you sad?
Are you afraid of falling?
Are you afraid of being on time?
Are you tired?
Can you walk faster but you are choosing not to?
Do you like having someone RIGHT behind you?
Is this a power thing?
Do I need to say something? Would it be cool if I played the Run DMC version of “Walk This Way” on my iPhone as I pass you? Who doesn’t love early rap rock?
With much love and a desire to ambulate amicably with all,
Someone who was trapped for about 4 minutes this morning behind a woman with a rolling suitcase walking slowly, texting and fixing her hair.
Image via Shutterstock