Speed

Michael - Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Entered on October 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

These days everyone always seems to be in a hurry. Think about when you are driving home during rush hour, and the jerk in front of you cuts you off, or when you are running to catch an elevator and you watch someone reach of the door close button. It may sound strange, but I believe in these inconsiderate people.

I was driving home a couple of weeks ago, when a person in a big white SUV cut me off. I don’t think that I had ever been so angry in my life. As I went to display my feelings towards the other driver with a friendly gesture, I stopped and thought about it. How many times have I been that person and just not realized it?

The next day, while I was walking into school, I saw a man in the distance who was carrying a lot of boxes. I knew that he would need me to help him open the door, but he wasn’t very close, so I would have had to wait for him if I was planning to hold the door for him. Not wanting to spare any of my precious time for the man, I began to walk away. I didn’t get more than 4 steps away from the door when I remembered getting cut off the day before. Realizing my folly, I stopped and waited for the man to arrive at the door. As I held it open for him, he saw that I was forced to wait for him to get there. He gave me a big smile and thanked me as he walked passed.

It was at that point that I realized the importance of inconsiderate people. As much as it pains me to admit it, they do serve their purpose. They remind us of mankind at its worst. After we are affected by someone who is inconsiderate, we should reevaluate our own actions, rather than make a spot judgment about someone based something they just did. I believe that if people could do this, that it would make our world that much of a better place to live