|From Oil Paintings in Black and White|
As a pedestrian, It is definitely my right to cross before cars.
Is that a true statement? Maybe.
But the truth is, over the years, I discovered that most people are in a hurry. Also, if you delay them, they get angry and their day is ruined.
Instead of using the “right” to cross in front of a car, I watched my husband choose to go behind the vehicle at a crosswalk. It gives the driver a chance to turn right if he needs to without someone in the way. After all, a pedestrian is slower than the driver.
I adopted my husband’s grace. More times than none, the driver knows what I have done when I go around them and not in front of them. I get smiles, waves, even at times, “have a good day or evening”. I defuse the anger by acquiescing my right.
One less thing to be angry about. One less reason to seethe.
One less offense on their conscience for the day.
Try it! It doesn’t even hurt.