Man in The Window
By UMES senior Kyla Bibbins
What happened to the concept of treating others how you want to be treated?
Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a few peers on the yard. We were standing outside of one of the male residential halls. I and two other people were in the middle of discussing the price of living in New York City as compared to Washington D. C. when someone interrupted our conversation and yelled a remark out of the male dorm. They said something along the lines of “Shut up about the price of living, D.C. price of living is expensive as (curse word)”. He was on the 3rd floor and I could not see his face. I didn’t know who was talking.
The comment was so random and unexpected that I quickly replied “Whatever. Go back to bed” and continued with my conversation. Before I knew it the person in the window was yelling from the third floor of the building that I should suck a (body part) and was calling me every name except a child of God. I was livid! Not only did he rudely interrupt our conversation but now he was aggressively calling me out of my name. For a quick moment I found myself responding to his remarks by calling him out of his name. I was full of anger and hostility. So I removed myself from the situation, something that at the time was difficult to do.
Once I calmed down, I was replaying the incident in my head when I realized that I was trippin’. How could I let someone that mattered so little to me make me so angry? The boy evidently didn’t know any better, but I do know better, so I should have just laughed at him and kept it moving, but instead I treated him as cruel as he was treating me by responding with harsh words. Why did I take him seriously? He was apparently a joke. I think the whole situation caught me off guard. I mean, who really expects to be disrespected like that by random strangers? The incident made me realize that I am human, and no matter how much I try to avoid negative situations or people, it is inevitable that I will have to face negativity. I guess it is how I choose to deal with negativity that decides the outcome of the situation.
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