Have you guys noticed a rise in the angry lately? Usually if there is someone yelling on the street I ignore it, it becomes white noise. But recently there has been a lot of unnecessary angry gestures, a lot of raised voices, a lot of rudeness that I haven’t been able to ignore.
A few days ago I was driving along, and a soccer mom who was waiting to turn left across from me totally flipped me off, with the angry shaky hand and the ugly angry face as a I drove past because it seemed like she was going to have to wait for another light. There was enough time left in the light for the guy behind me to also drive through. She may have been late, or having a bad morning, but woah! Really? We’re going to go there before noon?
I’ve heard people screaming on the phone, using language I would never expect from them, I’ve seen more angry drivers, more fingers in the air, more spiteful driving.
I also just heard on the radio that Americans’ (but I think I could argue all people on this) mood and productivity drastically changes after the 62 day mark without a vacation. So every 62 days or so, to have maximum happiness and productivity, we should be unplugging, de-suiting, and running off to somewhere not here. And I thought that was a lot. Especially compared to how much I (we all) realistically vacation. In the last year or so, every vacation I’ve taken has included work. Or if I’m not “working” I’m moving or running such and such errand. It’s all about the multi-task, the squeeze time in here, time in there.
In the mean time, the time before we all figure out how to take a minute away and breath, we’re apparently angrier, more likely to hate on our fellow exhausted humans, have higher blood pressure, feel guilty for not working more (me), but then procrastinate because our brain powers are all the way down to empty.
The Kamel Lauren household is up for a major lifestyle switch in a few weeks. (Teaser!) But I’m less concerned about that, and more concerned with how angry the world seems. And not just on a war-level, on a “I hate my fellow commuters, I hate my boss, I hate my customers, I hate you” kind of way. The hostility needs to simmer.