So here is a list of things I don't like, that bug me, that make me want to smack people, that make me think society is full of a bunch of dumb asses, that make me scowl... (Please note, there will be a lot of judgemental and bitchy comments. Hey, that's just how it is when the glass is half-empty. I could put a positive spin on all of these things and ignore how they bug me, make me want to smack people, make me think society is full of a bunch of dumb asses, make me scowl. But I don't feel like it today.)
- People who think they're better than others because of ________ (fill in the blank with things like: where they live, who they married, where they went to school, where they send their kids to school, where they vacation, who their parents are, the kind of car they drive, because of the way they dress and on and on). I think you're better than me if you behave like Mother Teresa. If you don't, you're just like me. Unless you are a hateful, racist, prejudice, bigoted, selfish, closed-minded, violent being and in that case I AM BETTER!
- People who tell everyone their kids are better than everyone else's. Now don't get me wrong, I think my kids are the best! For me. I don't run around telling everyone I know that my kids are the ________ (fill in the blank with: cutest, smartest, most talented, most athletic, most liked by their peers and teachers). My kids are better FOR ME and I assume your kids are better for YOU. That does not mean my kids or your kids are for everyone and the best at everything they do. I am proud of my kids and I love them, but I recognize not everyone feels the same way about them and I am not going to try to convince them otherwise.
- Helicopter parents. You know the ones. Those parents, moms AND dads, who tell their kids every step to make. Who hover over them making sure they don't make a mistake. Who don't let their kids make any decisions on their own. Hello? Wouldn't you rather your child make some decisions now; decisions that if they make a bad one won't permanently impact their future? That allow them to gain confidence to make good decisions when they are older? Making a few small mistakes now so they can see what happens and how to correct the situation will help them to make better decisions as time goes on. Who wants to send their kid off to college without decision making skills because a parent has hovered over them their entire lives, not guiding them, but deciding everything for them? Not me. And I can't leave out those parents who try to control others so their kids are not negatively affected. Who are at the schools bitching every time their child is reprimanded or "not treated fairly". Who insist things change to accomodate their child. Who throw a fit every time things don't go the way the parent or child wants it to go until they finally get their way. Those parents drive me nuts.
- Women who shun other women because _______ (fill in the blank with: they are too good for others [see first bullet], someone is not pretty enough and/or doesn't dress nice enough or own the right car, they have enough friends and don't want to add another to the list; because you like to talk about things other than kids, husbands and work). Some women just don't play well with others. Or maybe they just never graduated from junior high school.
- People who don't move over on the highway when you are trying to merge onto the highway. Instead they speed up and/or slow down while you are trying to get on the highway. Either get the fuck out of the lane or keep driving the same speed you already are and I will decide what I need to do to get on the highway. It's my responsibility to get myself safely into moving traffic, not anyone else's. This is basic Driving 101.
- Those who have what I kindly call "supplemental income" (ie. their parents/grandparents pay for a lot of stuff - down payments for houses, cars, vacations, tuitition for your kids to college or private school and other big ticket items) but complain about never having any money. Try buying your own house, cars, saving for your kids college funds AND your own retirement and throw in a nice vacation here and there all by your adult selves! Then we can talk about how poor you are.
- Those who continuously spend money they don't have and then complain how they don't have any money because they can't pay off their up to their eyeballs amount of debt. And it seems those I know who are like that JUST.KEEP. SPENDING. and JUST.KEEP.COMPLAINING.
- Men who drive Hummers. Umm, do they drive an oversized, over-the-top vehicle to make up for their lack of manly parts, because that's the only reason I can think one would drive this obnoxious vehicle. It's kind of similar to a Napoleon Complex. (Sorry if this applies to any of you or your hubands - the obnoxious car and/or the small manly parts.)
Hmmm...I'll get back to you guys when I think of something.
Just kidding. Here are some things that make my "glass half-full".
- For the most part, my family and friends are healthy and happy!
- We have a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on our backs.
- We live in a safe community that provides a great education for my kids.