I tend to consider myself a moderately visible person. I’m pretty talkative, not at all aware of how to control my volume, and I’m not a tiny person that could be easily overlooked. Yet somehow, I’m often looked through by others, treated as though I’m not even there. So either I’m finally invisible and people can’t see me, or people just assume I’m stupid. Or more likely – people at large are stupid themselves. I’m going with that one.
I was sitting outside my class about an hour ago, having arrived about 15 minutes before class started, and the door was locked. There’s usually a class that meets in the same room right before my class meets, so it’s usually unlocked when we arrive; sometimes they’re still in there and we wait outside, but if they’ve already gone for the night we just let ourselves in and wait for the professor. When I found the door to be locked tonight, I set my stuff down and just waited for the professor to show up. Over the next 15 minutes, more and more people from my class showed up, and almost all of them came right up next to me by the door and tried to open it. Then they looked baffled that it was locked.
Umm…why would I be standing outside the classroom if it was unlocked and ready for our class to come inside? Do you think I enjoy leaning against brick walls? Do you think I like the noisy hallway filled with obnoxious students walking around on their cell phones talking about how hard the homework was last week and where they’re going to go to drink and unwind? No, I don’t. I could understand if maybe you’re the first one to show up after me and maybe there is some crazy chance you don’t recognize me as the guy in the back of class who constantly asks questions because he doesn’t understand the material in the slightest. But when 30 other students from the same class you’ve been in all semester are also standing outside, don’t presume to walk up and think you’ll be able to open the door and save us from our inability to turn a handle and apply some form of push/pull effort.
I know I get frustrated easily, but come on people! If the door was unlocked and the classroom empty – I’d be inside! Same principle applies at work more often that I’d like to admit. I’ll walk up to the elevators and push the bottom to summon the magical transport device, and 5 seconds later someone else will walk up and push the same (already glowing) button again. Did I not do it right? Do you think the elevator is going to come any faster? If that was the case, I would’ve pushed the button 24 times upon arrival and your ass would still be waiting in the lobby since I would already be on my ascent to my floor. Wake up people. Pay attention. Stop being so ridiculously oblivious to your surroundings. Or I’ll start kicking you in the shin.