I fly a lot. So, I walk through a lot of airports. I have trouble walking in a straight line. But, I can see where I am going. I can anticipate running into people. I can see when we are on a collision course.
And, there are a number of people who think it is my job to avoid them. I am supposed to be able to walk around them, and not bump into them, while they have their heads down, madly thumbing on their phones.
I used to be irritated at these people. Now, I’m more than irritated. I’m angry, jealous, offended, and depressed when I see them. I cannot do that simple task—walk with my head down. (On the other hand, they do not have a cane, so they are not queenly :-)
Since I have to anticipate for both of us, I have started to stop and wait for the phone-thumber to pass or realize I am there. Recently, a man stopped and asked, “Why are you waiting?”
I replied, “Because you can’t see where you are going and I can’t walk so well, so I’m watching for both of us.”
“You don’t trust me to avoid you?”
“Well, I’m not planning to bump into you.”
“No one plans to bump into me. But the consequences to me are quite severe. And the consequences to you are minimal. I’m not putting my health in your hands when your hands are on your phone.”
I take responsibility for my life and how I live it. If I could ask those phone-thumbers for help, I would. But I don’t see how. So, it’s up to me to take care of my needs.
And, if you are a phone-thumber while you walk, I do have a question. What is so important on your phone?
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