(No offence to any Louise's)
Let me tell you a tale...
Once upon a time, Simply Sarah was driving to work, singing away and looking forward to the day ahead. Life was good. She considerately let another driver in front of her and yet received nothing, not a wave, not a mimed 'thanks', nothing. A little rude, she thought.
As she walked from her car, a row of people were walking towards her. Four people to be exact, in a row, taking up the whole pavement. They didn't consider her and instead remained locked in their people wall until she had to give them her well practised Mum look. One of them eventually apologised and broke from their wall.
Pretty rude, she thought.
After a pleasant day at work, Simply Sarah drove to the supermarket.
She negotiated her trolley between two others, when a shopper ahead decided that she too, could squeeze through and rammed into Simply Sarah's trolley whilst grating the side of another. When she was wedged, she looked fiercely at Simply Sarah implying the trolley gridlock was in fact her fault.
Very fricking rude, she thought as she forced her trolley through the chaos, feeling it was time to head home!
Fantastic start to a blog post!
Okay so this isn't a positive start and yes I know there are worst things so I'll be more upbeat, (Disclaimer) but I definitely feel better having got that stupid story of a day off my chest.
How many times do I mention the little things, the simple things? All the time, I know! So why do people forget basics like manners?! I know toddlers who know how manners work.
I'm going to turn this blog post round for the readers benefit, and probably mine! So instead of ranting about all the stuff that annoys me, I'm going to submit some simple requests to the people of this fine world and I honestly think my life and probably other peoples lives, will be much better for it.
Here we go...
1. When waiting to be served in a supermarket and the delay is the cashier gossiping to another cashier about who said/did/had what last night, (loudly - to ensure we all hear the news) this isn't an acceptable delay.
Simple request - Save the gossip for later and get to work.
Accepted delays: Broken till, broken arm or free gin tasters while someone bags your shopping. 😁
2. When typing a status on social media to this effect:
At the hospital/OMG I feel crap/You won't believe what's just happened!
Simple request - Update your friends and family with the important news, or don't.
(There's also the phone, you have one, call someone for a real catch up!)
Accepted attention seeking status: 'I have a craving for cake' - I always do and yes it's fine not to comment but simply make a 'surprise' cake turn up if I use this status!
Manners are basic, I learned manners when I was tiny, some people are still learning...let me help:
Don't be mistaken by this seemingly list of orders, as I said, they're just simple requests. 😉
I understand that honesty can be tricky and some of you may need to give this one some consideration. Personally, I'd rather be in the know...
Have you ever gone home after a long day at work only to discover lettuce in your teeth/a spot threatening to explode or a twig in your hair?
If you're shaking your head, I most certainly don't believe you!
Simple request - Instead of me wondering if it was there during that meeting/serving that customer/buying that bag of maltesers, just tell me! Either outright, or simply by way of a wide eyed look and a slight nod (You know how I mean) 👍
I'd rather suffer the five seconds of embarrassment when you tell me, than the nine hours of my day that may well have been a freak show for everyone else!
Acceptable reason not to be honest: I ate your Kitkat accidentally thinking it was part of the meeting nibbles, and you felt it worth not telling me I had chocolate around my mouth as punishment. Fair play.
Respect for personal space
When Patrick Swayze said:
"This is my dance space, this is your dance space, I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine"
yes he was talking about spaghetti arms but I bet he was also talking about personal space in general!
1. When I'm queuing in a shop, don't feel like you have to stand close to me in order to not lose your position.
Simple request - back off, I don't need to feel your breath on the back of my neck.
2.When I'm on a train and you sit next to me, don't feel like you have to share my seat.
Simple request - close your legs and shift over, you have your own seat!
3. When I'm driving, don't feel like you have to drive up close for whatever reason you're imagining.
Simple request - back off! I don't need your car ramming into my ass!
4. When you're walking in front of me and need to sneeze, (it's a sudden thing, I understand...)
Simple request - Sneeze into your hand not into the fricking air, I'm behind you! I may have my mouth open and everything! (Same goes for farting) 😫
Acceptable reasons for invading my personal space: You're my husband, my children or family & friends. This is my personal space, you have yours!
1. When you're driving along and there's nothing on the other side of the road, you don't have to brake for no reason nor do you have to brake on every bend, for no reason.
Simple request - Use the gears your car came with.
Acceptable reasons to brake for no reason at all: None.
2. The middle lane isn't the 'just chillin' lane.
Simple Request - move over!
Acceptable reason for hogging the middle lane: You're filming an episode of Top Gear and you are in fact Matt Le Blanc. 😀
3. If you feel more comfortable driving below the speed limit,
Simple request - Move left and don't try to cover your snail pace by speeding up as I over take.
Acceptable reason for driving below the speed limit on the motorway: You're a new driver and possibly likely to soil yourself if you put your foot down.
4. If you feel the need to pick up your phone to text/answer a call/make a call/change your music - don't.
Simple request - Do not drive! It's unacceptable and you're an idiot!
There you go, my simple requests to make the world a happier place 😉
We all deserve to be in this world (mostly) consideration, politeness and manners are key and pretty bloody easy!
Now get commenting below with your rants, I mean simple requests and let's all feel better together. I'm off for a cuppa!
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