Let me just start this by saying that I am high-strung by nature. I’ll have to admit that since it is in my genes and this is not something that you can change. No pill, no diet, no exercise can reverse the effects of an inherited high-strung nature…I should know since I’ve tried everything. However, with this said, I am not an angry or violent person by nature. I try to be kind, attempt patience, and treat others as I hope that they will treat me. Unfortunately, I do have a boiling point, that point at which my face contorts, my emotions run rampant, my skin tone changes, and my heart races. I’m pretty certain that the heat from this rage can be felt throughout a 5 foot radius around me judging by the distance people have kept from me during these “episodes” in the past. It’s not easy to get me to this high-level of volcanic eruption, and it generally takes a string of events to bring this hideous inner molten lava to the surface. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced quite a few of my eruption points in combinations over the past week or so that have me feeling that all-too-familiar heart racing, and almost unavoidable boiling point. It’s coming, never sure when, never sure how, but pretty sure I’m on the cusp. Over the years in my attempts to suppress this horrible beast, I’ve formulated a list of the things I need to avoid. So here they are, the things I despise most in life:
#2 Messes. Little messes, big messes, it doesn’t matter, it’s a sign of laziness and I don’t like it.
#3 Unappreciative people. Look if someone is sticking their neck out for you, if they go above and beyond for you, if they open their heart to you, the least you can do is say thank you.
#4 Poor customer service. You know the type, you make a call, ask a question and all they can do it read off of their stupid little card. They can’t think outside of the box, and they sure as hell never step out of that little bubble they are in. They are also the ones that seem to constantly apologize for your inconvenience, and say idiotic things like “Do you understand that?” (God help the little Safe Auto dude that stepped into that trap yesterday, he’s probably still at his momma’s house crying now). It’s a bad economy people, lots of folks out of jobs, if you do any of the things listed in this one, you should be in the unemployment line!
#5 Food smackers, another sign of laziness and poor upbringing. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to see other people’s food in their mouths, all chewed up and spitty. I don’t want to hear them eat. Close your mouth and chew. Seriously, how hard is that? I don’t know how these people don’t make themselves vomit!
#6 Public nastiness. This includes smokers that throw their butts on the ground, gum chewers that spit their chewed sticky wads out for others to step in, spitters, loogie hawkers, nose blowers, and litterers.
#7 Irresponsible and inconsiderate pet owners. This could fall into the above category, but it really needs to be stated alone since this is the ultimate in public nastiness. What makes these people think that they can take their dogs out for a walk anywhere and just let them shit where ever they want and leave it there? Wonder if its OK for me to do this with my kids. Sure would save a lot on diapers!
#8 Bank errors.
#9 Judgmental people (especially those that go to church and claim to have read the Bible multiple times from cover to cover). This is God’s job, leave it to the expert!
#10 Ill-mannered children. My own or those of others. Doesn’t matter. Children should obey their parents. Yes, they will make mistakes, they will get into trouble, they will smart off at times, but repeated disobedience should not be tolerated. Even more annoying than the ill-mannered children are the ill-mannered parents that just laugh off the behaviors. It’s NOT funny!
Well, that’s about it in a proverbial nut shell. I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore. OK, so I probably will. It will only be about another 24 hours and if I’m in any way affected by any of the above, I’ll blow. It won’t make a difference and no harm will come to any other human since I’ll just pitch one of my fits and more than likely inflict some type of wound upon myself (I’ve noticed that I’m more prone to bruising during an eruption?). Maybe by writing this list out, I’ve once again drilled all of the pressure-points into my head and I’ll be more likely to avoid them, thus avoiding the inevitable at this point. Who knows? Wish me luck! Hopefully I won’t be writing my next blog post from a 9×9 padded cell!
Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.
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