I really did.
So what exactly happened to me during the past 3 years that caused me to change so drastically? that turned my sincere, bubbly, all-embracive love for people into a complete and total dislike of them?
I have a few answers. Yeah, you probably don’t care, and yes, this most definitely qualifies as a ranty post (I’m somewhat famous for them), but maybe you’ll be able to relate with something that bothers me (“ohh yeah, I hate that, too!”). Maybe something I type will make you laugh. Or maybe this will seem like an entire waste of time, and after reading this far, you’ll just skim the first and last sentence of every paragraph that follows (orrrr maybe you’ll just exit this page immediately — you don’t like the way I write, and what I have to say is obviously unimportant, a mere matter of opinion). Regardless, I enjoy this. I enjoy writing. And there’s nothing I like so much as a good RANT.
I feel better already, in fact!
So let’s begin.
One of the main reasons why I dislike people so much is because of how indirect they are. The weird ways that they use to communicate what they think and how they are feeling nearly drive me crazy.
Another (even bigger) reason why people aren’t necessarily on my “favorites” list is because of how narrow-minded and judgmental they can be. More on that to come..
and a third reason why people irritate me is because they talk too much. That’s all. Like me.. I talk too much. I always have. And I know that I must drive people crazy.
So, now that we have a program laid out nicely and clearly, let’s go in-depth, in order.
First of all, people piss me off when they’re indirect. This can happen in any number of ways. A prime example would be a teenaged girl: bored, or angry.
The girl is bored, she posts a picture of herself (usually making the duckface or something as equally unattractive). Caption: “bored lolz.”
What she really means to say is: I’m a teenager, unbothered by the cares of life, disinterested in books, sports and hobbies, and the best thing I can think of doing with my day is taking a couple scores of pictures of myself and then uploading the best one (or fifteen) so that people can compliment me and talk about how amazing I am.
I don’t know if it’s the indirectness of it or the sheer vanity of it, but it pisses me off. I know people are insecure and need reassurances and positive affirmations and whatever but it gets irritating. Especially when the same girl uploads the same photo of herself – strapped into the front driver’s seat of her car and smiling awkwardly into her iPhone’s camera hole – everysingleday. Just find something better to do with your life. Please.
Another irritating thing that little girls do is post statuses such as these:
“Someone text me! 🙂 :)”
No. Have some gumption and take the initiative to text someone YOURSELF. If you’re bored and you want to talk, just pull out your phone and START a conversation. It’s easy! Really! Really.
“Sum1 shuld bring me a sandwitch frm chiklfla! ! :D”
…with my money? my car? my time? No thanks. How about you pack a lunch next time or go order a gd sandwich from Jimmy John’s.
And then, there’s this..
“LMS for a TBH!”
Angry girls behave similarly to how bored girls behave on the internet, but it’s usually staged as being just the opposite:
“Really upset right now and I just can’t understand some people. Don’t text me cause I won’t respond. I don’t want to talk about it so dont b ohffended if I don’t text you back.”
Thanks for the clarification at the end there, Susie.
First of all – right off the bat – congrats on spelling everything right and using good punctuation marks! You seem way more intelligent than usual when you’re frustrated. Now, my first question is this: WHO EXACTLY IS THIS STATEMENT ADDRESSED TO? You have 1,082 “friends” on this Facebook of yours and we ALL want to know: who are you pissed off at today, Mary Jane?
Secondly, don’t. Just don’t. “Don’t text me.” Really? Clearly you don’t mean that, sweet Susie girl, or you wouldn’t be drawing attention to the fact that you’re awake, on the internet, and teeming with frustration and curious drama that you can share with all of your adoring, bratty little minions.
Let’s just move on to number two. And here I’m getting frustrated all over again.
I dislike how judgmental and narrow-minded people
can be are. The perfect example: this whole gay marriage bit.
… I don’t even know where or how to begin. I feel so strongly on the subject that it’s difficult for me to not just go whatthefu2324earjwirhrjr;iswrongwithyoufuw3reauiruA8WE4R834Q!!!!PEOPLE!!!!!!!!?
Simply put, I grew up with the same mindset these repulsive (sorry, truth) people have: God created a woman for a man — that’s the only kind of acceptable, romantic union, and the primary purpose FOR this union is procreation.
Putting aside the fact that my beliefs have changed quite drastically (I’m now an agnostic), still, I can’t even begin to understand how I ever justified such a viewpoint. It’s nauseating, really, to think that I was ever that kind of person.
I’m going to put this out there first of all so that it’s plain and clear: personally, I’m straight. Duh — I’m married to a dude (the coolest dude on the planet, might I add). And while I agree that the man-woman union obviously makes the most sense (simply because of how we’re built) and is, honestly, a healthier, safer lifestyle for one to choose, I don’t believe that those facts mean that it is the only allowable, acceptable romantic union. You can’t choose who you love. It isn’t wrong for a woman to love a woman and want to spend her life with her, and neither is it wrong for a man to love a man in that special, intimate way and want to spend his life with his love. I just feel like it’s ridiculous to even have to say that out loud — to type it. I mean DUH!
“BUT,” the Christians are screaming in indignation and disgust, “GOD SAYS IT’S WRONG SO WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW IT!”
..kindly, calm down. I fully realize that some people possess that special conviction that homosexual relations are immoral and lead to eternal hell and damnation. It’s completely fine for them to believe that way, but for their convictions to spill over into the pool of water where laws and regulations are drawn from.. now that’s a completely different story.
Religious convictions aside, what gives any human being the right to dictate to another human being how he or she can live his/her life? I understand that there are certain laws that need to be in effect: don’t kill me, because it infringes on my safety — my freedom. Don’t steal my stuff – I worked hard for it – and by stealing, you are infringing on both my freedom and my RIGHTS.
But “Hey chick, you can’t marry the girl you love BECAUSE IT OFFENDS ME AND GOES AGAINST MY (MY!) RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS”? How can THIS legally pass as a LAW? It is a RELIGIOUS conviction — are government and religion SUPPOSED to mix like that? What about that little old clause that reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”? AND WHO ON EARTH SAYS that the USA is a CHRISTIAN country? Yes, it was a country founded on the beautiful idea that everyone is free to practice their religion without fear of punishment — but it was also founded on the equally important idea and belief that everyone is also free to pursue life, love and happiness. Everyone.. (meaning) not just the Christian population that believes that homosexuality is wrong and should be ILLEGAL. I would never want that kind of power – the power that drains another person’s life of happiness and meaning. I would rather be dead than be that kind of person. So what kind of people are THESE people who do want to limit and control the simple, guaranteed, rightful freedoms of other people?
So yeah. That is one mega-huge source of irritation that rears its stupid, ugly head ALLLL of the time in my Facebook feed, and I always have to lock my phone and push it away from me before I satisfy the urge to cuss at, yell at and hate the people who POST such stupid statements.
[And if I didn’t make it a point to remove my phone from myself as I do, I would have lost many, many friends by now. While I’ll spark the occasional controversy with a pointed status update, my general policy is “keep your lips sealed, your fingers still and complain about it to your husband later.”]
I see pictures pop up all the time – a happy bride, a handsome groom – with some sort of pretty-lettered caption flowing across the top or bottom of the picture that basically states “I’m proud to be straight and I’m very proud that I only support Biblical marriage.” …good for you. I’m glad. And look, you’re a lady marrying a man! That’s fantastic. But what does that have to do with anyone else?
I read homophobic statuses almost every day, and hear coworkers talking freely about the issue and stating loudly (to the invisible gay person across the room) “Well you can do whatever YOU want but don’t you push your gayness on ME!”.. all offended.. indignant.. holier and better-than-thou.
My big, fat, teeming-with-anger question is this:
how does someone being gay, and wanting the right to marry someone of the same sex, push their “gayness” on you? At all?
No really! I want to know.. I NEED TO KNOW because you people make me feel like I’m LOSING MY MIND, like I must be incredibly stupid since I’m unable to comprehend how your TWISTED, NARROW LITTLE MINDS work. How does granting someone the freedom to live their life the way that THEY want to in any way infringe on YOUR freedom? DO THEY NOT deserve the same freedom (religious and otherwise) that YOU so proudly possess?
Soooo let me get this straight. Because you have chosen to follow Christ and your understanding of the Bible leads you to believe that homosexuality is a sin — this gives you the power, the authority, to enforce OTHER people (who are not convicted as you are) to live life the way that YOU believe they should?
From all of my years of intense Biblical study and devout servantship, I can tell you this: from the way the Bible phrases it, following Christ and his word is an invitation.. an option. How does that option turn into a forced submission? did HE do that? God? and if not, then please — tell me how a follower can arrive at the conclusion that s/he is entitled to do what even CHRIST does not wish to do: to force others to follow him against their will?
All I’m saying is that it’s bullshit. Plain and simple. And I’m not even a tad bit hesitant to say this: if you are a christian (or any kind of person), and your opinion and DESIRE is for homosexuality to be illegal, I do not like you. I do not respect you. I think that you are a terrible, horrible person.
Let love, love. Let guys who are crazy about each other (the way you, sir, are crazy about your wife, or you, ma’am, about your husband) marry and enjoy the same health benefits and tax benefits that YOU are able to enjoy. How does allowing them that freedom hurt you? and how on earth can you justify limiting their freedom as you currently, proudly do?
So yeah! In conclusion, I guess that a lot of my frustration and dislike of people stems from Facebook. It’s a pretty revealing sort of thing; shows you the best and worst of the people you know, and sometimes, it’s just hard to take. It’s really a bittersweet kind of thing.. a necessary evil. I have family all over the world that I’m friends with on Facebook — that’s how we keep in touch. We aren’t close enough to call or visit in person, exactly (heck, some of us live in time zones as much as 10, 12 hours apart), and writing letters isn’t really a part of “normal” life anymore, so what better way to keep up with each other than on Facebook? I get to hear about the ups and downs of life through statuses, see how they’re growing and aging in pictures, and keep up with the big milestones of life through important, official updates. “Sheila is engaged.” “Jackie is having a baby.” “Audrey is eating a burger with fries at Johnny Rockets on Elmwood Street.” Stuff like that.
So I guess you just have to weed your way through the indirect statuses, the redundant pictures, and the stupid bigotry that creeps into the articles, videos and memes that people like to share.
I mean honestly, who am I to talk? I’m sure that the friends I have who either diet or fear german shepherds or completely look down on atheists (a fair share of them) totally can’t stand my page.
AR Yarbrough uploaded a photo onto Instagram: (insert picture of German Shepherd sitting in a puddle)
AR Yarbrough uploaded a photo onto Instagram: (insert picture of some carby food entree)
AR Yarbrough uploaded yet another photo on Instagram: (insert picture of the German Shepherd, Bruster, in mid-air, catching his friz)
AR Yarbrough liked a link: “Pro-gay marriage groups have a Chick-Fil-A ‘kiss-in'”
You get the idea.
Until next time,