Escalators Reveal Two Kinds of PeopleEscalators reveal two kinds of people: those who walk and those who stand. Those who see it as a chance to do nothing, and those who see it as a means to reach their goal faster. Which one are you?

I never understood those who stand still. If you’re old, pregnant or otherwise disabled, you rest and relax. If you’re healthy and able, why do you just stand there, staring into nothingness letting time pass?

It reveals something about how you relate to time, hence how you relate to life. If you can relax, you relax. You go to work because you have to. Always seek the path of least resistance.

I view escalators as a tool that helps me reach where I’m going faster. I’m already walking—why would I stop? Some people are just lazy, but there’s more to it. This isn’t about keeping active, it’s a different mindset—or a lack thereof.

Oblivious Passengers

It’s not that I’m in a hurry to get anywhere. I’m not walking in escalators because I’m short on time. Unless I’m completely exhausted, there are simply no benefits from standing still. But walking has benefits: I get to be active, I get to spend less time walking, I don’t form a line and I’ll arrive somewhere faster to do something. I can relax later, at home, with friends or family.

You could say it’s a trifle thing, and it is. This detail alone makes no big impact on my life, but like I said; it’s a mindset. All the little things combined make a big difference. Those who stand still in an escalator aren’t aware. They’re passengers. They’re oblivious, as often revealed in the empty stares. I doubt they’re meditating.

They’re oblivious, as often revealed in the empty stares. I doubt they’re meditating.

Please, Just Walk

Lastly, it’s annoying. You’re standing in other people’s way. That alone is reason enough, even if you dismiss all the above reasons. This reinforces my view that they’re oblivious: I’ve stood an inch away from someone blocking the way, using my body language to communicate I want to get past. Nothing. They’re just standing there, and won’t budge until I say “sorry” and push through.

So are you a person who stands or who walks? Are you oblivious or aware? Do you find the standers or the pushers annoying? Am I reading far too much into this? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

I write about personal growth, psychology, leadership, relationships and soft skills at The Neural Grind.

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