But what about those who are unaware? Those who unintentionally trigger the negative feelings to come back, who have no idea the level of stress, sadness or heartache you may be experiencing that day. How about those who may make a rude comment, flip you off in traffic, roll their eyes at the screaming child in your grocery cart. Those who, for a split second, you want to grab and shake and scream, "what are you thinking, talking to me like that right now!", before snapping out of it and realizing they don't know any better.
Obviously I'm referring to my experience in the last two weeks, and other times in my life when I've walked around with an imaginary dark cloud hovering over me and expected everyone around me to see it. Reality is: they don't... thinking about it now, I've been that person many times, especially recently with hormones and tensions running high. The one who wants to make that rude comment, or flip that driver off. Problem is, I'm blind to what is happening in the lives of others, especially those I don't know. The girl at the register that doesn't really seem to know what she's doing when I'm in a hurry to get to work must be new, or careless and stupid. The guy swerving through traffic and cutting off everyone in his path must just be some jerk who doesn't want to wait his turn. The woman consoling her screaming son at the store but can't seem to calm him down is obviously a bad parent for coddling rather than disciplining her child.
What I'd like to ask of everyone reading is this: next time you find yourself in a situation where you want to jump the gun and call someone out for not being the perfect human being you want them to be, remember; that girl at the register may have her mind on her sick mother, who's at home waiting for her daughter to get off the late shift and bring her dinner and medicine. That inconsiderate driver may have a little boy in the back seat that just broke his arm jumping on a trampoline, desperately trying to get to the ER in the throes of rush hour traffic. That woman attempting to get her child's emotions in check in the "Canned Foods" aisle may be fighting a battle with autism, and has a child that needs her love more than her frustration. Be kind. Try to bite your tongue if you can feel the negativity bubbling, or even offer to lend a hand if you can. Someday you may need someone to do the same for you.