I was talking (bitching) to my wicked smart Mom the other day.
All up on my high horse, pointing out the less-than-perfect behavior of another.
And she replied, “why let it bother you?”
I’ll admit, at first, I found her response extremely annoying.
“You’re supposed to be on my side!”
“Well screw you too!”
But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she was right.
It’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong, how someone else isn’t doing the right thing, but ultimately you are the one who allows outside forces to effect your inner peace.
This is NOT a free pass for bad behavior.
“Don’t be a dick” is a code I think everyone should follow.
But there will always be assholes walking the earth.
And you will more than likely have to interact with them on a regular basis.
You have choices in these situations.
You can allow them to bring you down to their level and return that asshole behavior tit for tat.
While this may feel really good at the time, if you’re anything like me you will then spend the next week chastising yourself for allowing said asshole to elicit such a response from you. (You really are better than that!)
You can say/do nothing.
Take the high road and let your resentment fester and grow by continuously turning that nugget of assholery over and over in your head while complaining about said assholery to friends and family. (This will certainly give you agada. That’s indigestion for all you non-Italians.)
You can accept the fact that sometimes people suck.
It’s not your job to make them suck less.
It’s not your job to point out their massive amount of suckiness (suckitude?).
All you can do is take a deep breathe, accept it, and move on.
Because really – ain’t nobody got time for that!
And for all you know, someone did piss in their Cheerios and it’s not personal.