When I first moved to NY, I was pushed out of subways, I was elbowed if I walked slow and I was grunted at if I took to long to swipe into the train station. Couple months later, all of that STILL happens but I don’t walk slow and I don’t take too long to swipe my card.
I remember clearly the day a little girl, literally a four year old, mean mugged me.Even the DOGS here grunt at you. But today, yes only a few hours earlier, a man literally behind me said the words “Move you F-ing Idiot” TO ME. We were all stuck in human traffic trying to go up the stairs and even after getting to the top he was still mumbling. I wanted to punch him. In the words of Stephanie Tanner, HOW RUDE!!
At first I thought it was that New Yorkers were always in a rush so they didn’t realize what they were doing they were just trying to get to where they had to be and make money. HOWEVER, now I believe that New Yorkers just have no patience. They maybe aren’t even rude people. But they have a little case of sidewalk rage. It’s like road rage but on the sidewalk instead. In fact, Taxi drivers here are better at keeping their cool than a human with two legs and tennis shoes.
Through the rudeness, I have to remember the sign my little sister made me… I have to be me. I am from the South and frankly we are nice. In fact, YES, we walk slow and we take leisure in the weather as we walk. Especially me -as my friends could vouch for me – I always took 30 minutes to get to class where the average person it took around 1/3rd the time. I walk slow and I enjoy it. I already picked up my pace but I will not transform and fully become a New Yorker. I will not become rude like the people on the streets of New York. I will offer my seat on the train to the elderly. I will be patient and not curse at random strangers. I will stick with having road rage over sidewalk rage.
Honey, I’m going to bring a little bit of Texas to New York.