1. I now box out elderly women in line.
The motto of senior citizens across the Korean peninsula seems to be, “Do whatever the hell you like!” Examples of this include but are not limited to: Cutting to the front of lines, elbowing people out of the way, and pushing onto a bus/train/elevator before anyone has gotten off. I’ve been on the receiving end of an old lady’s unfriendly shove more times than I can count. At some point, I snapped.
I no longer let these aggressive ajummas (Korean for ‘older woman’) push me around. If I’m standing in a line and I see someone coming my way, I channel everything I learned in middle school basketball. I stick my arms out to my sides to make it more difficult to get around. I shuffle my feet as she tries to cut me. And yes, I use my legs and butt to push her away if needed.