It’s the little things that destroy us
Pet peeves, I know we all have them. I can say with relative confidence that over the past year some of my pet peeves have gone away and some new ones have surfaced. One here at work really bugs the crap out of me. At both main entrances to our building there are automatic doors for the disabled. Simply press a button and one set of doors opens up. What infuriates me is the number of healthy, non-disabled, and extremely lazy people that use the button. I find it shocking because the act of opening 2 doors should not be so physically taxing on your body that you require a button to do it for you.
I refuse to use the automatic doors. I also changed where I park. For the past few months I stopped parking up near the front entrance. I now park in the rear parking lot so that not only do I have to actually walk more than 20 feet to the door, but I also take the stairs. When leaving work the other afternoon, someone from another department, who was clearly in a major rush to leave, briskly walked past me so she could leave before I did. Almost like it was a timed event. After walking around me quickly, she hit the button to have the doors automatically open for her. I kinda smirked at her and used the regular doors. You know, the ancient devices that require you to push on them and swing on regular hinges. I think I ended up out of the building before she did. Quite humorous.
Look, I get it if you are afraid of germs and don’t like touching public doors. I understand if you have a physical disability and need doors to be opened for you. But 99% of the people I see using these at our building have no disability, unless laziness is now a disability. The saddest thing I have seen is watching someone use those doors because their hands are full with a bag of fast food and giant soft drink.
Why does this matter to me? I think it is these small compromises where we lose our control of ourselves. Little things like this become big things. You start taking the easy way out. I know this from experience. Our building is only 2 floors yet last year I used to take the elevator downstairs to get a Diet Coke from the vending machine. Yea. Not my best moment, but I’m changing all of that. What I have found is that by making these small choices on a daily basis, it makes the bigger choices easier. I honestly believe that so much of what we become begins with the very basic and minor decisions that we make. It is only 2 cookies. I’m tired, I’ll workout tomorrow. I hit the gym hard so I will only have a few wings at dinner. I can start back on track next week. I have done that all my life it seems, give in on the little things, and look where it got me? I have been in a battle for a year now to regain control of my health. If I can’t walk more than 20 feet to the building and also have to rely on the automatic door, could I ever expect to finish a marathon? It all starts somewhere. I refuse to give in any more. Done with that.
And I may be the oddball at work for doing this. I’m the guy that parks far away, always takes the stairs, brings a gallon of water to work, is always eating something healthy, and gets up “before God does” just to work out. But you know what, I am OK with that. In fact, I welcome it because it is volumes better than where I have spent the previous years of my life.
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- gettingamyright said:I hear ya! The automatic door thing really annoys me too. Great post
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- gillsquirt said:i am so with you. i was flabbergasted when i saw an able-bodied person use the automatic door open button the other day! just….what!?
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- robownslife said:Well said, Jason. You’re improving you and that’s all that matters. High five for parking in the rear and using the stairs. Your rewarded far greater than they will ever be.
- queenbliss said:You sir, are my hero. I was JUST discussing this not long ago. As far as the button for the doors, I don’t like to waste electricity since I can open the door using my own energy AND I don’t like germs. I just cover my hand. Problem solved.
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