Those of you with TBI – what are your pet peeves when you are out and about in the world? These are the things that get in your way of functioning well or cause your brain to go on overload pretty quickly. One thing that really interferes with my ability to shop is the music that every store seems to have going. It is just another thing my poor brain has to process as I find my way around the stores to locate what I need and select what I want.
In the early years after my TBI, I avoided stores as much as possible and often walked in and right back out, taking a nap when I got myself back home. Even today, I often struggle to tune out the sound so I can think. I still find myself just leaving the store and sometimes leaving behind the items I already put in my shopping cart. I don’t want to have to work my brain so hard and it just doesn’t feel good.
Oh, and how about those nice sales people who try to help you and keep talking at you while you’re trying to think about what it is you are trying to do. I have frequently told sales people I just need some time to think by myself. My husband has even intervened a few times when he sees me struggling with my need to think quietly about my shopping decision while the clerk keeps going with suggestions and questions.