This was supposed to go up several days ago, but my internet has been out because of the rain.
A week and a half ago I ran a 5k in Birmingham, at the zoo, with my friend, Eli. He’s not yet a strong runner, so after the first mile and a half, we decided to walk for a little while. It’s a 5k, it’s not like it mattered for anything either of us was doing. Anyway, the race was pretty obviously on the road and we were walking on the sidewalk. After about a minute, a slightly overweight, older woman passed us running, which didn’t matter. However, as she passed, she chose to yell at us for walking because we weren’t walking single file, even though we were on the sidewalk and there was more than enough room to run on the road, where the race actually was. People like that make me so mad. I told Eli that one thing I’ve noticed in the South is that if you’re doing something that someone doesn’t like, they’ll say it as rudely as they can. In California, you judge everyone, but you’ll say it to your friend, and if you really mean it, you’ll say it loud enough that the person can hear. Yes, I know that this isn’t a nice thing to do, but I think I prefer it. I hate confrontation anyway.
Later on in the race we were just reaching a water stop, and we had decided to run after we got a drink. While we were walking to the table, an older lady passed us and started saying, “Come on, go go go go, don’t let an old lady pass you!”
At first, I was unsure that she was talking to us, but she most definitely was. It annoyed me, but she was trying to be encouraging. And after we got our water, we ran. And we finished the race.
We passed both of these women. One of them was proud, even though she’d never met us, simply because she was probably a nice woman. Whereas when we passed the mean lady, I said loudly to Eli, “There’s a mean lady.” Then as we passed her, I said, “Bye mean lady.” You know, because I’m a child. One woman was proud that we finished. The other one, I was proud to have passed. She deserved to finish far behind me. It still irks me. So stupid.
Anyway, we have the choice to be one of two kinds of people. We can choose to be annoying and encouraging, because everyone deserves a good life. Or we can choose to be cranky because not everything is exactly as we wished it was. Who will I choose to be today?