Sidewalk etiquette

So, you’re walking down the sidewalk and making eyes at the hottie quickly approaching. Then, SLAM! You’re hot and steamy moment has become literal because now your coffee is quaintly decorating your chest and inching towards your slacks. You are now a walking dork. Goodbye potential soul mate. It would’ve been great…

Now, we all know what it’s like to be rushed, so it would be unfair to assume that every bumper-into-you is an arrogant S.O.B. Accidents truly happen. Part of etiquette is being a gracious loser, or winner. If an accident happens, no matter who caused it, just be friendly. It’s not the end of the world no matter how much it may feel that way. Perhaps this will be difficult for you- but it is worth the struggle.

Consider this, the person you so charmingly “tell-off” may encounter you again: as a coworker, friend’s child, child’s teacher, etc. This person may stroll through the office doors tomorrow morning and be announced as your new boss! The point is, even if you know that’s just not a possibility, be nice anyways! Just do it!

When it comes to sidewalk etiquette, it’s best to follow the golden rule. That is, of course, do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. For instance, don’t ride your bicycle down the sidewalk. Don’t ride your skateboard, either. These things can be dangerous. Can you imagine your dismay upon crashing into a baby carriage? What if the child sustained serious injuries? What if they were fatal?!

Also, reconsider your basic manners. Are you really truly courteous? Do you stand next to innocent strangers and cram your cell phone conversation into their unwilling ears? Do you use profanity in public, or other inappropriate speech? Do you hold doors and smile back at friendly strangers? Are you putting your best image forth? Anyone could be watching, you know!

That’s why, above all else, DO NOT LITTER! It is a travesty. When someone defiles the very planet that sustains their life, it really says something about them; it says that they’re an ungrateful heathen! Seriously. Please, please, do not litter. There are no excuses for this type of behavior.

People have standards, after all, and they usually expect you to meet them. But, most importantly, what about your standards? If you have any self-esteem, you want to be a good person. You want to be socially responsible. Don’t let yourself, or any others, down. Be a positive role model! Be respectful! Improve yourself and change the world!