I don’t know about the rest of you but lately it seems that everyone is angry!  I have had people, mostly women, yelling at me on my trike.  One woman became angry because I rang my bell to let her know I was there as she opened her car door. It thought I was just being safe and polite.  Then to top it off she came after me in her car trying to get as close as she could to me, screaming “I hate all you f#$king riders”.  She was so red faced and screaming that I thought her head was going to explode. I clearly felt threatened by her anger and ended up yelling at her to move away from me.  She eventually did and drove about another 200 meters and turned into a driveway.

Even when I’m driving everyone seems impatient or in a hurry to get where they are going.  There seems to be no respect for others on the road with lots of angry horn hitting!  If someone tries to merge into their lane its almost like they become enraged.

People actually seemed happier and more at ease last year during our lockdowns when nothing but the supermarket and the chemist were open. I remember walking down the street with a mask on and others you passed would nod and you could see they were smiling at you by the look of their eyes.  So why does it seem like everyone is so angry, when we are living in the luckiest country in the world right now?

Yes we have been through a lot but we are now living our lives to the fullest (albeit with no international travel), with everything open, up and running.  I look at what other countries are living through right now and we here in Australia have it so lucky.  It’s time we stopped being so angry at each other and be grateful that we are safe and healthy.

We are living in an uncertain time where life can change in just a moment, so adding anger to that mixture certainly isn’t good for our health.  We need to start respecting each other; thank that driver who let you merge, make sure as a cyclist we are doing the right thing in following the road rules and maybe give a smile to that person who walks past you.  Lets all be grateful for what we have right now.

Being angry won’t change what is around you, you just have to learn to accept that someone will end up doing something purposely or accidentally to you.  Being angry won’t solve the problem, it will most likely make the problem worse so take a deep breath and give them a big smile!

‘For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.’ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  1. Marjorie Jenkins 25/04/2021 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Well said, Carol. Our whole world should read this & learn.

    • CarolC 26/04/2021 at 5:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Marjorie, I wish more people would learn!!

  2. Ross Webb 26/04/2021 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Right on Carol, you’re in a Great Country, enjoy the smart people you have running the place. All is good on the Bruce Peninsula where Karin and I have lived for the past 30 years but Toronto and the GTA area i a mess. Just wish our leaders do what you guys did, seems everyone wants their rights and the heck with the safety of others and themselves.

    Our love to You, Russ and your families.
    Karin and Ross 🙂

    • CarolC 26/04/2021 at 5:32 am - Reply

      Hi Ross and Karin, great to hear from you. Glad to hear that you are still kicking goals and at least living in a fairly safe area! I certainly will never understand people not wanting short pain for long term relief. We did 111 days of lockdown in our second wave and now living with no community transmission. No need for people to be so angry and impatient now!

  3. Phyllis Banks 26/04/2021 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Oh how true are your words Carol.
    How lucky you are to be in Australia.
    If I could fly to Melbourne, I would be on the first flight out.

    • CarolC 27/04/2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      I know you would be!

  4. Lynnette Stacker 26/04/2021 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Too true Carol. The world has gone mad

    • CarolC 27/04/2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      It certainly has Lyn!

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