A Day Out Leads to Ignorance and Rudeness
Last updated: May 2023
I had a doctor’s appointment; the day was lovely, with the promise of spring around the corner. I was happy to get out of the house for a few hours because it isn’t something I do every day.
Although pleasant to be out of doors, I was shocked to run into some prejudice and ignorance from others.
A day out and about after appointments
Depending on the weather, I can’t and don’t leave the house often. Sometimes when we must, we like to make a day of it.
I always try to get appointments at midday, so once done, we have some time left, and we can do some shopping or go for lunch.
On this day, , my appointment was an early one, and I saw the doctor at 11:00 am. It left us lots of time to do anything we wanted to do after.
We decided to go for lunch and then shopping. It was a restaurant that we had ordered from many times, but we had never actually visited, mainly due to Covid restrictions.
We found a parking spot very close to the entrance, so I decided to use my walker instead of my scooter. I figured I could get in and out with no problem.
It would be easier to squeeze into our allotted space with a walker since it folds compactly.
Facing judgment from others
It was just past noon, so the restaurant was busy. We had to wait to be seated. There was a line, and we were waiting among other hungry patrons.
Suddenly, the lady in front of me turned around and gave me a long look up and down. Then, she nudged her friend and nodded her head toward me.
I was standing right there watching them as they made lots of eye motions and head movements toward me.
This had never happened to me before, and I truly wondered what was going on with them. Then I realized that for someone my age, using a walker with supplemental oxygen was scary for people who were blessed enough to have never needed it.
I thought perhaps that they were past smokers and had a bit of guilt looking at what fate could have been for them.
Choosing happiness over others' ignorance
I was immediately offended because I had never experienced prejudice like this so blatantly in my face. It was certain that I wasn’t bothering them, and I felt they had no reason to make me feel so uncomfortable.
Empathy was missing, and I couldn’t figure out why.
At that moment, I had a stern talk to myself about letting others ruin the good time I was having. I decided that their rudeness would not color my mood or how I felt.
I decided to forgive them for their ignorance, even though I knew it would make no difference to them. My husband and I had a great day of eating and shopping despite my rude neighbors.
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