I Believe In Being Too Nice

Devann - Tipton, Indiana
Entered on May 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I Believe In Being Too Nice

I believe in being nice and courteous to total strangers, even if they don’t like me for any apparent reason. I don’t know how many times I’ve accidentally stepped on the heel of someone’s foot or accidentally bumped them, said sorry, and have gotten a glare that could kill. Even though it was an accident, they acted like I threw off their whole balance of life. If that happens to me, I absolutely cannot give somebody a glare or a nasty remark. It’s not how I was brought up. I was raised to be courteous to everyone, even if they are rude to me. When somebody accidentally steps on my heel or bumps into me, my automatic response is to smile and say, “That’s ok.” I just can’t understand why people get mad over something like that. Sometimes I get chided by my friends for being “too nice”, but I take it as a compliment. It just doesn’t bother me when that happens.

It’s also not just when a person accidentally bumps into somebody, it’s just general conversation and the tone of voice that is used. I’ve witnessed many conversations where someone is so unpleasant to the person they’re talking to. I’ve always wondered why they can’t just be nice anyway, even if they don’t like or care about what the person is saying. I believe that there is always room in the world for a little common courtesy.