It is a study in humanity to see how people treat the dilemma of trying to get a parking spot when many others are also in search of the coveted spot. Here are a few of the personality types I have observed in a short span of time-
FRONT ROW JOE--this fellow seems to think he deserves a spot at the front door. I find it amazing that you are going to the gym, but refuse to walk any farther than the closest parking spot. These folks have a sense of entitlement that is mind blowing. WHERE does that come from? Who or what convinced you that you are special and deserving? They will pass up an entire row of open spots and wait for their front row spot. With no regard for who might be waiting behind them, they are willing to impatiently wait for Granny to get in her car, get situated, start the car, and slowly back out so they can park in the spot they feel they deserve. They MIGHT try my patience!
PARKING SPOT THIEF-we all know the rules of common decency. Common decency says if someone has their blinker on and is waiting for a spot, you let them have it. This is my favorite scene from "Fried Green Tomatoes" and speaks volumes. Be VERY careful who you steal a spot out from under. Some of us are best not pushed over the edge of reason!
RING AROUND THE ROSIE-then there are those who are willing to drive round and round looking for their spot. ENDLESS patience! If we have too many of these, we end up with a parking lot jammed with vehicles and no one is moving---much less is there any room to back out if you happen to be leaving. Perhaps they are thinking--I need to park in the lot by the building I am entering. Not certain of their reasoning, but in awe of their patience.
LOOKING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS--this tends to be my style. One trip around the parking lot and I am on to the next available lot. There is a dorm next door, sorority houses and high school across the street and the alumni house next door. If I don't find a spot in the adjacent parking lot, I will walk a few more steps.
If I waited around long enough for the perfect spot, I might miss the entire class. Certainly I would prefer to park near the class I attend, but I had rather walk some additional steps than miss the class entirely.
So it is with life, often we are guilty of waiting around for the right position, the right time, the right people to dive into some great opportunities. I will become a volunteer when I can find a perfect fit for my talents. I will start visiting my friends in assisted living and nursing homes, when the flu season is over. I have a million excuses for putting off the countless things I plan to do as soon as the perfect spot opens up. I love the expression~
Forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.