You Might Be a Rude Pedestrian

It has been growing. Slowly over the past few years it has grown more rapidly than in years past. As the days pass, it grows even more. Growing so large in fact that I can no longer keep my mouth shut. For fear of exploding it must come out. I can take it no longer. I’ve had enough.

After one too many close calls, I’m over it!

I have officially reached my limit and can not contain myself any longer.

There is a growing trend in parking lots across the country. Rude pedestrians are walking carelessly everywhere putting themselves and the safety of their neighbors in danger.

I have had it up to “here” and well beyond with pedestrians in parking lots. There is no longer any regard for the cars driving through the parking lot and navigating the aisles. 

It is called a parking lot for a reason, cars park there. It is not a people lot. Yes people drive those cars, but if you walk in a parking lot you must take care to look out for your safety.

At first I thought it was a “younger” generation problem. Perhaps parents of my generation were too busy to teach their children to safely navigate a parking lot. They were never instructed to look both ways, give right of way to cars, or to never assume that a car would stop if it was driving in the parking lot.

However, it is no longer only the teenagers and young twenty somethings that are stepping out of the store without regard for on coming traffic. Young and old alike do not give as much as a glance either direction before stepping out into on coming traffic.

Now the tables have turned, it is the drivers that are on high alert for the possible wayward pedestrian walking in the parking lot or out of the grocery store doors.

We as the drivers have to always be on alert so as to not harm a careless and frankly clueless sorry excuse for a human.

Are people seriously that self absorbed these days that they do not care or have consideration for the drivers in the parking lot? DO they want to get hurt so they can sue and win some money?

What is the motivation behind this new and incredibly dangerous trend?

Just this afternoon, I was pushed over the edge. I had been teetering on the cliff of frustration for a very long time but today I had enough.

I ran quite a few errands, did some grocery shopping, and enjoyed time at a coffee shop.

While walking from my car to the grocery store each time I happened to be near another pedestrian that was also walking in the parking lot. EVERY time the other pedestrian walked straight across the driving lane without so much as a glance to the left or the right to check for on coming traffic.

Whereas I stopped, looked and often time waited for the oncoming car that had just slammed on it’s brakes to avoid the careless and clueless pedestrian walking next to me that bolted into traffic.

When the drivers realized I wasn’t going to walk into traffic without acknowledging them and waiting for a signal to wait or go, they graciously waved me across. Just like the old days. 

Anyone else remember those days? I’d go grocery shopping with my Mom and it was a given that we’d stop just outside of the grocery store doors to look for on coming parking lot traffic. We’d either wait until the car passed or the car would stop and wave us across.

What happened to those gestures of common courtesy?

Where did our care and thoughtfulness of our neighbors disappear to?

Where do pedestrians nowadays find their complete disregard for the drivers in the parking lots who also happen to be their neighbors? Why are they so rude and clueless?

It is an honest question, that I truly want to discover an answer for.

Adults older than myself, who most assuredly grew up in the day when you waited and looked for oncoming traffic, no longer give hardly a glance when walking out of a grocery store or crossing the flow of traffic in a parking lot. Why? What happened to these adults?

I am purposeful in the training of my own children while we are in parking lots. Never do I walk out into traffic with them. I always point out those that choose unsafely when walking in the parking lot. I use these careless pedestrians as examples of what not to do and why we don’t behave as they do.

It might be small, but my children will be different. They will not be like young adults of their generation and walk all over a parking lot as if they own it. They will not be sucked into their phones or off in their own mental world without giving a second thought to the safety concerns around them. They will look for traffic. They will wait for cars. They will NOT disrespect their fellow neighbors by assuming that they will stop when a pedestrian carelessly walks in front of their moving car.

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This new and careless trend has to stop. It simply has to stop. 

Parents, I implore you to stop this bad habit if you do it yourself while walking in a parking lot. Please also teach your children to respect the cars in a parking lot. Don’t ever assume that a car will stop for you as you walk across the flow of traffic. Chances are they are just as distracted as you are and the outcome of that scenario will not be pretty.

Drivers and pedestrians alike need to care for one another, show common courtesy, and look out for each others safety.

Stop carelessly walking in parking lots!

Your Health Matters, Make a Change Today

Your health matters, make a change for the better today. 5 tips for making today healthier than yesterday. www.alexismathews.com

Consider the following questions.

When you look in the mirror how do you feel? What are the first thoughts that honestly and truly run through your mind? What about how you feel on the inside? How is your overall health? Have you ever thought “I wish I had more energy.”, “I wish I had the energy to run after my young children all day.”?

Or perhaps you’ve been told by your doctor that for your health and well being you need to lose some weight.

If your answers to any of the questions above leave you feeling like it is time to make a change in your eating habits, exercise routine, and overall health the time to change is NOW.

Not tomorrow, not next Monday, not the first of the month. Today, right now, immediately. There is no time to waste. You owe it to yourself and your family to change your unhealthy habits today.

Now that you’ve decided to improve your health, what does that mean and how do you begin?

5 steps to take today to reclaim your your health today:

  1. Get rid of all of the processed and junk food in your kitchen. The temptation to fall back into your unhealthy eating habits will be too strong if the unhealthy food is within arms reach. While you are at it, vow to not buy processed foods. There are limitless healthy, real food options to replace the convenience foods you use as a crutch.
  2. Establish an exercise routine that fits easily in your schedule. For some this means getting up an hour early or for others it means not plopping down on the couch after dinner. There is time in your day to exercise I promise, you just have to make it a priority and give up something else that is taking away from your health. Do your little ones still nap during the day? Grab 20-30 minutes while they sleep and do an exercise video. Perhaps you can make exercise a family event, get everyone on their bikes or in the stroller and head out for a walk/jog, now the whole family is improving their healthy not just you. Find an exercise you can tolerate in the beginning, I promise you that you will either learn to love it and crave it or you will stumble upon something else that you enjoy more. The key is to just get out there an move!
  3. Make eating healthy easy. Pre-cook and pre-plan your healthy meals. I always have at least 2-3 types of beans cooked and in our outside refrigerator. I also make sure to have cashew cream, hummus, rice, and couscous (or quinoa) in the refrigerator ready to eat. Pre-cooking staples in our diet takes the hassle and guess work out of preparing healthy meals quickly and easily for my large family.
  4. Set a daily water intake goal. Water is our lifeline. When in a survival situation you can go a lot longer without food than you can without water. Water is the number one way our body flushes toxins from our system. Just like taking a shower, drinking water helps to keep our body clean and healthy. Your daily water intake goal should be 2/3 your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weight 150 pounds, you should aim to drink 100 ounces of filtered water every day.
  5. Give yourself grace. Not everyday is going to be perfect but you shouldn’t allow yourself to continue making unhealthy lifestyle choices simply because it is easier than doing nothing. If you have a piece of candy, don’t eat more than one. If you don’t meet your water intake goal every day, give yourself grace. There is always tomorrow to build upon and grow from the lessons you learned today. Just don’t let yourself repeat the mistakes from today and fall into your old unhealthy lifestyle habits.

You owe it to yourself to make a change in your lifestyle for the better today!

What steps are you going to take today to make yourself and your life a priority?