So....this has been bothering me lately. I run on a paved path that can get crowded at times. I actually enjoy running when there are other people around, more so than in the winter when I was out there with only a few other brave souls. I wave and/or say hello to most people I pass coming the other direction, if they look up at me.
But...there are so many other runners/walkers who pass by and just stare straight ahead as if I wasn't even there. I watch them and it seems like they have to put so much effort into ignoring me. They can't just throw me a wave, or even just a nod of the head??
One day I got so annoyed with the non-wavers that I decided to say hi to everyone I saw, even if they tried to ignore me. The normal wavers waved back. About half of the non-wavers waved and smiled. The other half looked at me as if I was standing there completely naked, jumping up and down.
I can't imagine not waving and saying hello. There is a father/son that I see often. The son is in his 40/50s and the Dad appears to be in his 70s/80s. They are so very friendly. Always a hi, good morning, have a good weekend, etc. It is just nice to acknowledge each other.
So...how about all of you out there....are you a waver or a non-waver?? For the non-runners, how about when you walk around the neighborhood and see someone outside their house...do you wave or ignore? For the non wavers, do you find people like me annoying?? Do you want to give me a shove, steal my water and run away??