104. Trying to pass a slow walker on the sidewalk
It becomes somewhat of an awkward race.
Have you ever been walking behind really s..l..o..w.. walkers on a sidewalk? It happens to me all the time! And a lot of those times, I hesitate to pass them.
I can’t say I’m a fast walker, but I walk faster than most people -around here, at least. And I walk, well, not quite in a hurry, but with a slightly faster cadence that allows me to go .0001 mph faster than other people… which makes passing someone up look like a very bad race set in slow motion.
As you approach a slow walker in front of you, think of the following:
Is he or she walking only a little slower than you? You see, if you are both walking at around the same speed, you will have to either step it up, or it will take you a very long time to pass the person.
Will he or she speed up as you approach? Yeah. It happens, trust me on this one.. and it is way more common than you think. Even though we tend to be very social as humans and enjoying getting together, we also have a weird repellent effect with others at times. If we see someone approach us from behind, we run.
Are you willing to keep the faster pace going? If you plan on slowing down after you pass the person, you are risking a re-match.. yes, they might want to pass you up. Remember: If you’re going to pass, step on the gas.
Oh, and avoid eye contact.
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On 102. A misleading profile picture:
It’s called creative marketing, baby! 😉
Even though some people might call it false advertising, I agree with your idea, hahaha! Besides, our real friends would know what we actually look like; that’s what counts anyway, right? Too funny! 🙂