The Little Acts of Selfishness

    There are many things that upset me in this world, many of which you have found out through my previous blogs… But there is one thing that truly pisses me off: the small acts of selfishness we do so thoughtlessly.

    Earlier today I was on a Ryanair flight back to Malta. As I made my way to my seat, there was the usual song and dance of walking for a bit and then stopping for someone to get into their row or place their luggage in the overhead compartment. Of course, it’s not a huge plane and we all need to do the same thing, but must you really take your coat off, sort your bag out, have a conversation about the mortgage, and get a pedicure while blocking the aisle for everyone else?

    This isn’t just something that happens on planes, either. Whether it’s in shops or on the streets, on public transport or at a bar, people do a lot of things mindlessly that inconvenience others.

    I’ve written about slow walkers before, and it’s the exact same story with hogging the ATM, driving slowly when there’s no traffic, crossing the road without looking, taking too long at the bathroom, or, indeed, taking your sweet time before getting into your seat; all these things can really put damper on other people’s day and add to the stress so many of us already feel.

    I mean, I can’t say that I haven’t done any of it before but I genuinely do try hard not to inconvenience others with my actions. After all, it takes just a bit of thought and very little effort.

    More importantly, it’s a sign of respect for other people’s time and that you’re not out there thinking your comfort is more important than theirs. It also says a lot about you and the sort of person you are.

    In conclusion, we’re all going through this mad world one errand at a time, please don’t make it harder than it needs to be.