Hello my lovely readers,
Today I had the ‘wonderful’ opportunity to sit in a waiting room for about three and a half hours. Gotta love waiting for the ophthalmologist for an entire afternoon, right? Quite the riveting experience. Thanks for bearing with me, Dad 🙂
Anyways, while I was sitting there, I spent a lot of the time looking around and observing how people behaved. Don’t worry, I wasn’t that creepy person in the corner staring at everyone, I was of course much more stealth than that. Wow, people are fascinating, aren’t they? I feel like when we are stuck in a small(ish) area for such a long period of time with complete strangers, it definitely changes the way we act. I for one, felt slightly impatient and well, bored. I’m sure everyone else had different feelings and emotions, and some were definitely more outspoken about it than others. Either way, there are for sure certain things that we should all try avoiding when sitting in a waiting room.
Yup, you guessed it, here comes the Zoey-valuated Waiting Room Do’s and Don’ts… the first two are pretty similar to my laundry room advice post:
Indoor Voice – Speaking too loudly is not too fun for the people around you. Believe me, this one can be hard for people like me… I have a naturally loud voice
Personal Bubble – People like privacy and breathing room 🙂
Comfort-level – There is a fine line between making yourself comfortable in your seat, and making yourself ‘at home’. AKA spreading out all your belongings around the room? Not so good.
Kids – So, having your kids with you happens a lot, totally okay. Also, kids are noisy, that’s just the way it is, and we love them for it. All you can do as parents is try occupying them with quiet activities… maybe a little talk with them beforehand about indoor voices 🙂
Smells – Sadly, people are sometimes allergic to perfumes and such, so maybe don’t put on too too much this time 😉
Talking with others – Everyone’s different, some people are more talkative than others. If you wanna talk to your waiting room neighbour, try assessing what they prefer and go with that.
Receptionist / Front Desk – If voicing your concerns, try being as polite as possible 🙂
Patience – This one is hard for me… I feel like I get fed up with the waiting pretty quickly. So, I try little self-soothing techniques. My favorite one? Getting myself a coffee, keeps me happy and occupied. Then, there’s remembering to breathe, always a good thing 🙂 Just please, whatever you do, try not to pull a Mr. Bean… I know you want to get in quicker, but stealing another person’s spot in line is not cool. I still love Mr. Bean, though… what an awesome guy! 🙂