Believe it or not, it’s a personal mission of mine to become a more peaceful, compassionate woman, but I don’t know how I’m gonna get there if I keep letting stupid stuff irk the hell out of me. Yes, it’s the fight against pettiness I’m talking about here. Choosing ones battles wisely, while following the lead of our higher-selves; Reserving judgment and upholding reverence, and all that good stuff. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m pretty sure I can make it once I stop allowing stuff like this to piss me off:
1. (Tacky) Bumper Sticker Mania
I just have to laugh when I see cars plastered in slogans and preachy little messages. Why do these folks feel the need to drive around like moving billboards listing their interests and personal values for all to see?
2. Bad Parkers
Would it kill folks to park they ass between the lines properly in parking lots? I’ve noticed this quite a bit since moving out west, although I’m sure it goes down everywhere. That diagonal parking bullsh*t is so inconsiderate and lazy. Would it kill the person to back the hell up and straighten out so I don’t have to injure my butt cheek on the emergency brake while struggling to climb out of the passenger side door?
3. Racially Motivated Sexual Fetishes
I get having a preferred physical type, but I cannot stand it when a person seeks out an intimate partner solely based on race or cultural background (typically other than their own). I know it’s none of my business, but that type of objectification annoys the freak out of me.
4. “Tell Me That You Love Me While You’re Walking Away”
Dig it: In your time of need, you call a friend or loved one for support. All you need is a listening ear, and a bit of TLC, but after a few minutes, s/he abruptly cuts you off, while ironically reassuring you, “You know, I’m hear for you anytime you need to talk, you can always call me.” You’re thinking: “Isn’t that what I’m attempting to do right now, dangit?” Now you’re really distraught because on top of said crisis, you’re irked by the fact this person had the nerve to spit out that lip service when you needed their support the most. At the end of the day, perhaps we should be grateful to have friends we can reach out to and provide a listening ear – even if they are just pretending to give a damn, right?
5. Facebook & Twitter Addicts
I’ll start by admitting this stems from my own irrational resistance to the social networking giants. I’d say it’s cuz I’m old, but for real, I just don’t get it. I haven’t quite grasped why some people incessantly Tweet and ‘Facebook’ randomness from their daily activities. Like I give a hoot where someone I haven’t seen in 5 years had dinner last night, the movie they just saw or some other such irrelevant personal detail.
6. Anal People
I’m actually getting better with this one, but there was a time I could not stand anal behavior. There’s still some tension there, but I gotta say, as a mom of 2 li’l ones, I have certain grown to appreciate many attributes of the anal. Expert time management and organization skills come to mind. It’s the suffocating rigidity of these people that get to me though, as if they live their lives by some stale ass OCD codebook.
Every time I see one of these things on the road, I could just vomit (metaphorically, of course). Damn gas-guzzlers taking up 1-½ lanes on the street. They’re like fancy tanks barreling down the road – and don’t even get me started on folks who ignore the signs and park in compact lanes…
8. Rude People – With Poor Filtering Systems
As I grow and mature, I try to make it a point to show respect for people as they are, rather than what I want them to be. That’s much easier said than done when dealing with folks who don’t know how to filter what comes out of their mouths. I mean, we all have unsavory thoughts about people we with interact with from time to time, but there are those who just let that drivel pour right on out. Whether it’s inappropriate, offensive or TMI, that type behavior puts me on serious guard, and it’s obnoxious.
9. Radio Stations
I’ve given up on them long ago with the way they repeat the same dang tracks ad nauseum, folks talking over the song until the vocals arrive, and the commercials? Ugh. I thank the Lawd for my iPod.
10. Women Wearing Shoes They Can’t Walk In
Here’s another one of my childish little pet peeves. It’s a dreadful sight watching a woman teetering her way down the sidewalk in stilt-like shoes. That stunted, painful looking gait irks the crap out of me in the most amusing way. I figure, if you’re gonna rock exaggerated heelage, at least learn how to walk in them thangs.
So there it is. It’s ashamed really, because I’m fully aware that nothing good comes from letting such things get under my skin. Nevertheless, I am determined to rise above such pettiness. With hard work and determination, one day I’ll find that which irks the f*%k out of me today, will be nothing more than a slight hint of irritation tomorrow. Well, a gal can certainly dream….
Reprinted with permission from Clutch