The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get use to the latter.
EPISODE SEVENTY SEVEN: Aren’t Pet Peeves Cute?
You’ve got them. I’ve got them.
Some people have a few and some have a lot.
I think I fall into that category. I have more than a few.
We collect a few over our lifetime. Some are little irritants and some make us stark raving mad.
I’m going to name a few of mine. I’ll try to limit them but no promises.
And they are in no particular order…
People who interrupt people who are talking.
WAIT FOR YOUR TURN!!! You’re not that important.
When people make a face or a ‘ugh’ sound when you say something that you like and they don’t.
STOP IT!!!! Respect other people’s likes.
When people leave the little plastic bag on their rear window windshield wiper.
TAKE IT OFF!!!! It does no good being on.
The ‘sigh’ that comes from somebody because somebody doesn’t know they are there and might be in the others way when they are in line.
When people park their cart wherever they want in the grocery store.
TREAT IT LIKE THE ROAD!!!!
The way I feel when something good happens. There is something bad that’s going to happen to balance it out.
When you’re sitting in a darkened theater and the person in front of you has a over-powering need to check their bright screened phone every few minutes.
I’M GOING TO THROW YOUR PHONE!!!! The world will still be there when the movie is over.
When people say ‘we’ when they talk about their sports team.
THERE IS NO WE!!!! You’re sitting in your recliner eating chips.
When somebody thinks their opinion is the WORD OF GOD!!! Their opinion is what matters and yours doesn’t.
WAKE UP!!! Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean it’s correct.
People who get a pet and treat it like a thing and not part of the family.
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL, JERK???? Treat them with love.
GROW UP, BABY!!!!
When you tell someone thank you and they answer with uh-huh.
JUST SAY THANK YOU BACK!!!!!
People who talk to others like they are children.
SHUT-UP!!!! Never talk down to people.
When I hear somebody say ‘I never read’.
WHAT???? Want to be unintelligent? Do yourself a favor. Pick up a book and read it.
Or when you tell somebody a decision you made or an answer they needed and they give you a ‘That’s fine’ in a ‘I am King/Queen and I will allow it’ sort of way.
I WASN’T ASKING FOR PERMISSION!!! I was stating a fact.
And there are many, MANY more.
Should I have so many? No. I shouldn’t. I should learn to let things go and know people are going to be who they are. And no matter how you feel, people aren’t going to change until they want to. Or they feel they need to.
But it’s hard not to see something that rubs you the wrong way and not feel bad. Most of my pet peeves are created from seeing stupidity or selfishness in action.
I wonder what these people are thinking. Were they taught to act like this? Were they so beat down by life that they don’t care how they act in public?
We all make mistakes and cause other people some strife. Sometimes it’s just a lapse in judgement. We are human and that will happen to all of us from time to time. And most people know they did wrong and will try to make up for it to those that they wronged. If anything, they say I’m sorry and they mean it.
But, of course, there are others who feel they are entitled and will make their way in the world on their own terms and if they run over other people’s toes, so be it. And they will do it over and over and if somebody takes a stand and tells them they are wrong, they are insulted and HOW DARE THEY TALK TO ME LIKE THAT!!!
They feel they’re so right.
Even though they are SO wrong.
Maybe it’s a lack of humility. They will not admit to being wrong because it makes them look weak and they can’t afford to look that way.
Or….or…..maybe it’s just absent-mindedness. It could be their mind is so heavily weighted down with the worlds problems that they mistakenly push their cart in the middle of the aisle as they weight the options of salted or unsalted peanuts.
Lots of reasons on why people act the way they do. Some are understandable, some aren’t.
But, pet peeves are pet peeves.
I think of pet peeves as evil looking rabbits-type animals.
Because they are known to multiply quickly. One pet peeve can make two, two can make four, four can make eight, and on, and on….
Some of those evil creatures are there legitimately. They are born from seeing people do some really mean things (treating their kids or pets horribly). Then others are there because something just irritates you but there is no real harm in it (plastic bag on rear windshield wiper).
We sometimes let them breed out of control. I have been guilty of doing that very thing. Those useless pet peeves get in the way, frustrate you, and breed others.
It’s understandable in the world we live in. It’s full of so many frustrations and stresses. Most of those are brought on by our fellow man. We see things that would be easily fixed and we want to do just that but for some reason, we can’t. We suffer with having to deal with ignorance and stupidity.
And maybe we have a control issue. We want to control these problems.
Maybe that’s what makes us so mad.
It does have to do with control. Our OWN control. We have to control our own pet peeves and get those wascally wabbits spade or neutered, Mr. Fudd. We need to deal with the more important ones, the ones that matter. The ones that have no substance that need to be let go or put down. Some pet peeves need to be killed. I think my fellow animal lovers would agree.
Yeah, I’m working on it. I’m trying to ignore the little, unimportant pet peeves.
Please say you didn’t just say, ‘That’s fine’.
– Loyd Elmore
July 28th 2017
I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.