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Being Nice and….the Consequences

Indian population has ensured that the personal space each one of us gets is quite limited. So, when there is a passage, people tried to compete with each other as they pass through.

I am in the UK now and when I am in London, it is no different. Especially the peak hours brings the best of population where people rush in and out of the underground trains.

In the sleepy town of Horsham where the hustle and bustle is quite unknown, people are a lot more sacrificing. They let others have their way because the frustrations that come with the waiting time is non-existent.

I commute in a bus to work and back. When I stand to exit the bus for example, those who are getting off the bus and who are in the back seats wait for me to move into the aisle and then they proceed to exit.

I am not used to this culture and I am learning. And I make a conscious effort every time to give way to others – which is the complete contrast to how my country has raised me.

Anyway, here is a funny account that I intended to share all along.

Today I was getting off the bus and an older person probably in his sixties or seventies who was in one of the front seats was standing and I being a fast learner stopped in tracks and asked him to exit first.

He stared at me for a couple of seconds, and then he proceeded to exit.

He had a walking stick and due to age factors I presume moved very slowwwwllly. Every step that he took felt like a couple dozen that I could have taken. The minute or so wait that I had to experience was startling my adaption confidence and then I had a good mental laugh about it.

It was funny that the old man wanted me to pass all along and I being a nice guy as is expected allowed him to pass and then the timeless wait was just too etched into my memory, which is the inspiration for this blog post.

I failed to mention that behind me at least, three to four people were waiting to get off the bus. And they too were stuck waiting for him to deboard.

I don’t believe that this experience will make me change back to my old habits but it will make me a better judge to accept the right of passage if offered without a moment’s hesitation.

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