We had a sudden storm blew up in our area and I ended up with a barn on my car! Yes, a barn was on my car. Let me clarify, I was at work which is next to a large home improvement store. They have garden sheds/barns in their parking lot and the wind picked up several of them throwing them into our lot. (As a sidenote my husband is a bit obsessed about where we park so we don’t get any door dings from inconsiderate people who fling their doors open or wayward shopping carts. He did not figure flying barns into the equation when selecting the best parking spot!)
What does this have to do with health? I guess it has to do with mental health. It was interesting to see how people reacted to the storm. We asked our shoppers to stay inside the store while the sirens were going, most were fine with this, but others said we had no right to keep them in and they were leaving and they were not going to be stopped, common sense be damned. Fine ,but don’t blame us when a barn hits you! Some people were crying, some were frantically trying to call loved ones, others saw it as an interesting turn of events. The power went out briefly and some people laughed while others screamed when it went dark. Even more interesting was how the children reacted they followed the cues of the adult who was with them.
One mom with 3 small kids under the age of 5 pulled some keys and another small toy out of her bag, set the kids on the floor and started playing as if nothing unusual was happening. The kids were perfectly content with this. Another adult with 2 kids was on the phone frantically shouting at someone about being “trapped” in the store and she didn’t know what to do. The kids were screaming and crying as well. I’m not a psychologist but working in a supermarket for 20+ years has given me a pretty good insight into how differently people react under stress and how it affects the people around them. I often wonder how people survive when something really big happens when they go ballistic over a smashed loaf of bread or can’t decide between paper and plastic!
The storm was over in less than 10 minutes and while there were a number of damaged cars and a lot of debris in the parking lot, thankfully everyone was safe. I’m sure some of them went home to find trees down, shingles blown off the roof, no power and other assorted inconveniences but nothing that can’t be fixed.
Yes, it is a pain in the butt to have my car in the shop for 10 days and dealing with insurance companies isn’t fun but in the overall scheme of things everything will be ok and life goes on. Take a look at the conditions that many other people in the world live under day after day, year after year and give thanks for what you have and where you live.
How you choose to react to a situation can greatly affect you and others around you- Don’t sweat the small stuff!