Regardless of your opinion on Covid-19, the reality of the situation is that our world is a different place than it was two years ago. Not wanting to dive into the politics, on masks, vaccines, and the like, I simply will share that I have noticed that daily routines and interactions are not what they used to be. Now when I shop or leave the house, I go out of my way to go in the earlier hours where there are less people. It has nothing to do with being the first to get a deal but simply to avoid large groups and drama.
I should bold the word drama. That's the big change for me. It seems people are in a rush, are less considerate than before, and frankly are too wrapped up in themselves and their stuff to be mindful of those around them. It's not just with shopping. One can see this out on the roads or even in the neighborhoods or communities they reside. Across the board, this behavior is rampant. There is a reason why I avoid popular hiking trails on these perfect fall days. Between the selfie and dog brigades, good luck enjoying any sense of nature unless you truly do get off the beaten path. If you want to call people out for blocking the trail for their picture-perfect moment, be ready for an earful.
In the past I have written on such topics, so I don’t want to repeat myself. And yet, I had a reminder over the weekend when for the first time in fifteen months I went inside to eat at a local dining establishment. A place I frequented often prior to the pandemic was just what I was hankering. Low and behold when I got inside, within twenty minutes I was ready to run for the door. It wasn't necessarily the food that sent me running, but this same rude behavior that has carried over to everything and everywhere. It’s that same negativity that runs wild on the news and at times in our schools.
I watched couples come in, sit at the bar, and without any sense of courtesy demand for multiple televisions to be changed to a specific football game even though the majority of the seats were taken, and many eyes were fixated on the different screens. Next were comments about the need for an extra bottle and to make sure it's chilled for an already cold beer. Another person wanted the volume turned up because it was hard to hear the game in a crowded bar while another lambasted their date while they both were glued to their phones.
The entire scene struck me as odd, because I would think after months of being cooped up, people would be flexible when out and in the very least courteous with one another. Instead, it seems people at least where I went to eat were more demanding and needy. I don't know whether that’s the norm now, or I happen to hit the jackpot.
What has your experience been? Are people kinder and more understanding when you’re out or have you seen this shift as well?