Welcome back, my lovely Arrowheads!
Today, I’m going to write the first installment of my random musing series, which isn’t necessarily a series as much as a bunch of random posts about mess I want to talk about. 😄
That being said, *drum roll* here’s a list of 10 common courtesy acts people should know to do:
- Hold the door open for people. Maybe it’s because I’m from the South, but I was brought up to hold the door open for anyone, no matter their age or gender. In my mind, it’s just an act of respect for other people, especially if they have their hands full and don’t have a free hand to hold the door themselves.
- Use your turn signals while driving. Please, for the love of all that is holy, use your turn signals while driving. For the sake of everyone behind you, let them know in advance if you plan to slam on breaks and change course. Sorry if I sound like an absolute butt right now, but I spend a lot of time driving behind crazy people. 😄
- Go the speed limit. Similarly to the point stated above, please at least go the speed limit while driving! I know there are certain situations in which you can’t go the full speed limit (farm equipment, hauling trailers, little old ladies who can’t see, etc.), but for the most part, there’s no need to drive 35 mph in a 55 zone, especially if it’s a two lane road. People behind you may need to get somewhere faster, and if they’re on a curvy road and can’t pass, well you’re acting as a menace to society.
- Don’t curse loudly in public. Yeah, I know in America we have freedom of speech, but not everyone wants to hear profanity. Even though society has pretty much grown immune to it, keep in mind that kids and elderly people are around to hear it as well. I may get some backlash for saying this, but cussing in public doesn’t make you cooler or smarter. Instead, it makes you look disrespectful.
- Bring food to get-togethers/potlucks. Whatever you want to call those parties where you gorge on delicious food, if you’re going to one, it’s common courtesy to bring a dish or dessert of your own. Yeah, we’re not all good cooks, but imagine if everyone assumed that everyone else was going to bring food, and then no one followed through. Yeah, so a store-bought cake doesn’t seem that bad now, right?
- Acknowledge wait staff. When you’re eating in a restaurant, please acknowledge the wait staff when they come to check on your table. That doesn’t mean flirt with them or make rude/obnoxious comments, but be civil and say “please” and “thank you” when speaking to them. Manners go a long way.
- Return your cart to the corral thingy. Nothing says “I don’t care” more than leaving a cart roaming free in the store parking lot. Unattended carts have the potential to ram into other cars, and having them strung out around the parking lot makes it hazardous and a hassle for other customers to park. So please, wherever you do your shopping, return your carts to the (as I call it) corral thingy in the parking lot. Other shoppers and drivers will thank you.
- Respect your elders and those in authority. This goes for teachers, professors, elderly people, grandparents, police officers, or anyone older than you or those who hold authority of some sort. I’m a senior in college right now, and I can’t believe how rudely some of my classmates talk to our professors. Our police officers and military are also being disrespected lately due to political stances. I could probably go into a long spiel about this, but please just be nice to your elders and people who hold positions of authority. It never hurts you to be respectful to someone, even if you may disagree with them.
- Listen. When people are talking to you, actively listen to what they are saying. I know it’s tempting to play on your phone while others are babbling on about something you don’t care about (I’ve done this before, too), but it’s rude whether we mean for it to be or not. Besides, you may learn something new if you listen once in a while.
- Don’t interrupt others. This point and the last point go hand-in-hand. If someone is talking, listen instead of interrupting them. As someone who has grown up being shy, it’s hard enough to talk to people without being constantly interrupted. If you’re continually being interrupted, then you’re going to just stop talking, right? Think of how you’d feel if you were trying to relay a story, and everyone keeps butting in? Not cool.
That’s it for today! Thanks for reading, and if you have any more Common Courtesy acts you want to discuss, please comment below! Check back with us on Authoring Arrowheads for future Random Musings, and other fun posts!