I have a friend who loves returning items. Actually, I have two such friends. And, yes, they seem to truly love returning items to the store. It’s almost like sports to them. One loves telling me about her “return” adventures because I totally cringe. There are two things I hate during the shopping experience: (1) trying clothes on, and (2) getting in line. Hate them. I quite often don’t try on items and when they don’t fit, I don’t return them. I should note that I rarely get the fit wrong. Thus, I have a very low need to return items. Thankfully.
Fast forward to pandemic times, however. There is a line for everything now. Or rather long wait times. One can certainly order more and more things online. Yet, when one has to go out to get items, the lines can often be around the block depending on the store. Here in New York, for example, the lines are incredibly long for Target and Trader Joes. I have taken to occasionally going at 930pm. Night-time shopping is a new must now.
All these long lines mean we have to plan our day out a little bit better now. We also have to have a bit more patience. And, patience appears to be in constant flux and limited supply at times. These long lines mean we have to slow down a bit. We also need to be strategic as to what is needed more immediately and what can wait to arrive. There are now many more decision algorithms in our daily lives. I know that I for sure need to practice calm, patience, and distraction. Such is life these days.