Grinching

I have to be honest. I'm Grinching early this year.

Or Scrooging, if you prefer.

I know a lot of people get really grumpy when the grandiose displays of Christmas come before Thanksgiving. I'm not one of them. Yes, the Macy's and Bath & Body Works displays I saw before HALLOWEEN were a little bit excessive, but I'm okay with stores getting their holiday sales and decor going anytime around November 20th. The holiday season is so short, especially with Thanksgiving being so late this year, and isn't it The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Who can blame people for wanting to make that wonderfulness last a little bit longer?

So that's not what I'm grinching over.

But as much as this time of year brings out the generosity and kindness in people — and I really believe that it does (shout out to the state trooper who let me off with a warning yesterday morning so I could get my brunch on in a good mood) — it also undoubtedly brings out the selfishness, the egomania, the entitlement, and the complete lack of consideration for others.

Knowing that it's the weekend before Thanksgiving and that thousands of patrons of my local Shop Rite would be lining up to get their free turkeys and all their fixings for Thursday's dinner, I went into my quick, small but necessary shopping trip this Saturday with fingers crossed. This grocery store gets crowded beyond belief on a regular Saturday, so I knew I would be in for a treat on this prime shopping day. But it was worse than I could have imagined.

I pulled into the lot fully intending to drive all the way down to the end, far away from the doors, because I just wanted to get in and get out. I ran a half marathon a month ago, I can walk 50 yards to the store. But apparently, no one else was capable of walking any distance beyond 15 feet — at least, that's what it seems like when there's a line of SUVs stalking people as the walk out the front door and staking out all the prime spots. Listen, it's not that cold out. It's not raining. I see you running around with that cart inside the store. You can walk. But if you insist that you can't, please at least make some damn room for the rest of the people trying to park to maneuver the parking lot.

But it wasn't enough that I could barely traverse the lot. When I finally got out of the store, after witnessing countless parents yelling at their kids, being rammed with other peoples' carts, and nearly mowed down by careless people old and young, when I finally made it back to my car, when I finally got out of the spot after waiting people to MOVE, I saw that there was a damn car accident in the lot. Because we have to have our heads so far up our asses that we can't even drive like adults in a 5 MPH grocery store parking lot without causing a traffic accident, thereby drawing police officers and making the parking lot traffic infinitely worse.

Now, it occurs to me that I've just spilled way more ink on this shopping trip than I had planned to, so I'm not even going to go into all the details of the THREE TIMES I had to fight for my life in order to park at the mall (THREE TIMES!) yesterday — Apple Store problems — or the multiple times I nearly tripped over gaggles of holiday shoppers who find it necessary and acceptable to stop right in the middle of a busy walkway to text, chat, contemplate life, or stare mindlessly into perfume displays, or the incessant honking that accomplishes nothing but inciting rage in fellow travelers, or the dingbats who hop out of traffic to ride the shoulder and then try to hop back in because they don't feel that the rules of the road apply to them. I won't talk about any of that.

I just wish everyone could agree that YES, this time of year is busy for a lot of people, YES, we're all rushing to a million different places and have a long list of things to do, YES, no one likes to sit in traffic (yet we are the traffic ourselves, ya know?), YES, it can be frustrating to watch a light change four times before you move an inch, YES, we want to go fast and get where we're going right now... BUT no civilian driver on the road is more important than any other, and it would be super duper if everyone could stop acting as if they are above the rules of travel and of general decent human-to-human behavior.

Because that's the kind of crap that ruins the holiday season for everyone.

So please, stop tailgating me so close that I can't even see that you're behind me. Stop driving with your high beams on because you want everyone to get out of your way so you can drive at break-neck speed down a busy highway. Stop hunting down other shoppers and drivers. Stop consuming three times the amount of driving and/or parking space that you actually need. Stop honking for no reason. Stop expecting everyone else to move out of the way so King/Queen You can be the only person getting to their destination on time. Stop believing that your agenda is more important than anyone else's and stop acting like you're the only one with somewhere to be.

Slow down. The holiday season comes once a year. Enjoy it and remember that the goal is kindness and generosity toward our neighbors. And I'd really like to make it through this one without any more car accidents, if you please.
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Before class is dismissed, here's your reminder that TOMORROW is the last Tuesday of November, and you know what that means! Before the holidays with all their eating, drinking, and being merry truly arrive, let's set a goal for the next month! Or let's talk about how you kicked ass in the month of November. Are you training for a race? Working on your yoga practice? Starting a new lifting routine? Getting started in biking, a sport, or any other active endeavor? Link up your training wins, woes, trials, and goals with Tracy and me tomorrow for Training for Tuesday! Grab a button and share whatever's on your mind!
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Comments

  1. This entire post makes me so happy that I dont drive!! I'm sorry girl!!

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  2. Well Hello fellow Scrooge and amen to all of it! Its busy here too and I want to scream. Its bad enough that Christmas is basically vomited all around me but people are behaving like morons.

    Also I forgot about Training for Tuesdays tom... sighs

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  3. I have zero anything ready for tomorrow, agh. I will get something, but what..... mind is broken.
    Anyway!
    I used to have road rage like nothing else. Driving in Sydney will do that to you. I am so much better now - I stopped acting like one of the idiots that was causing my road rage. I wasn't any more important than anyone else, it wasn't getting me there any faster, so I calmed down. It's so good and lovely to not be mad all the time now. Still working on KC, gosh darn it he gets SO MAD and its ridiculous. Anyway, moving on. I agree with everything you said, people just get so far up their asses and only worry about themselves this time of year. I don't go to the mall, heck I don't even go to that road because there are 2 malls there and it becomes a parking lot itself. So from mid November to early January, I also don't go to Trader Joes or our favourite chinese place. Sucks but I just can't handle the people, they just... kill my buzz, you know?

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  4. I was getting angry along with you. I try to avoid big parking lots at all costs this time of year!

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  5. Yes to all of this! Slow the hell down! The holiday season goes so fast as it is- I don't need you steamrolling me down at the same time! I'm actually nervous about going out on Black Friday- I was able to get out of it the last few years (hello, Cyber Monday), but I saw a few things that are on super sale this time around... not sure if I'm gonna put my big girl panties on or just take a slight hit on my wallet to keep my sanity!

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  6. I. Hate. People. Like, for real. If I could grocery shop online I would! hahaha

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  7. Hey! So sorry I've been MIA. Work has been brutal! I think it's great that you are going to look into yoga teacher training. That's awesome!!!

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  8. Ok so I just commented the wrong comment on the wrong post! I accidentally commented in your teacher training on your previous post! Sorry doing this from my phone. So if that comment on the post does not make sence ,well you now know why! Ha!

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  9. UGHHHH people are the worst. I'll just leave it at that. So glad you made it out of there alive!

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  10. So much freaking agreement! Everyone loses their damn minds this time of year!

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