Stores

I like to shop but have become extremely uncomfortable and uneasy being in a store of any kind. I always feel like I'm in the way. The aisles are too small. There are always kids running around and people walking so close to me that I can smell them. Too much cologne/perfume, bad breath or simple BO. 

Then I can feel people's eyes on my back.  And then having to stand in line with all those people near me. They drive me crazy.

I don't go to the grocery store anymore because all of that combined with the fact that I can't remember what I wanted or needed to get, and I don't know where anything is in the store because I don't know how they characterize things - like what would be in the 'prepared food' aisle? It's not the deli or the frozen food section. Is it macaroni and cheese? I don't know either. Why don't they have juice and soda in the same aisle anymore? And which one is in the aisle marked 'beverages'? Are cookies considered candy or chips? Those are two different aisles too. Is make-up a feminine product? I would think not but apparently some retail merchandisers do. And what are seasonal items? What's there when there is nothing that falls into the 'seasonal' category? That's when they put the sale items there and then I can't find them because they're not in their regular aisles.

Then when it comes to actually finding an item, I have to decide what brand/flavor/scent/size/color, etc. Too many different sizes in too many different brands in too many different colors and too many shapes and scents and flavors. I discovered the other day that the brand of deoderant I like doesn't come in 'unscented'. I either have to smell 'powdery fresh', like 'fresh flowers' or an 'ocean breeze'. Too many choices yet not the one I want. Nothing is simple anymore.

Oh, it's all so overwhelming. Thank God for online shopping.
seehorse72 seehorse72
36-40, F
2 Responses Aug 13, 2010

I am so glad I am not the only one. Almost nothing gives me a mental overload like shopping. You are so right. Best of luck to you and thank you for sharing

I know what you mean by being around all those people and smelling their odors...it's so gross! It's disgusting, like if I wanted to smell your body odor I'd sniff you, don't force me to.