Why is it that you can be having a great day, a really the-sun-rose-up-and-personally-smiled-at-me glorious day; then that one thing happens and casts a dark shadow over the day. And no matter how brief, it just puts a blight on the day.
In that brief dark moment, you feel as if you are just a toe nail away from losing your mind. It may not make sense to anyone why this thing makes you (a known cat lover) want to grab the nearest kitten and pull all its hair out; because it doesn’t even make sense to you.
But here we are and life must be lived and pet peeves must be had. So I am going to share some of mine because I want to hear some of yours.
Let’s do this…
1} People that cannot sit properly and systematically in a Keke Napep (a rickshaw):
Disclaimer about illustration: This is my first ever attempt trying out Microsoft Paint and it may be my last.
Let me translate briefly what the people in the keke are saying.
Mr Green: I will lean back because it makes sense to keep my shoulders away from Mt Blue.
Mr Blue: I will lean forward for the same reason as Mr Green.
Mr Purple: I will lean back for the same reason as Mr Blue and also because it is impossible for my shoulder from this distance to be anywhere near Mr Green.
See! It is a win-win all round.
So tell me why there is always that genius in a Keke who can’t make up their mind and lean forward or backward. Instead what they do is place themselves in whatever position the person next to them is in; and if the person alternates, they immediately follow their direction. And God bless your fragile heart if you are like me and sometimes find yourself sitting in between two of these geniuses.
Amateurish personality assessment verdict: These kinds of people do not make great team players because they are forever lost as to their place on the team.
2) People that hum loudly to a song they are clearly hearing for the first time or a song they clearly do not know the lyrics to:
Seriously, who are you try to deceive. And just how are you meant to get away with that deception when your very attempt at deception sells you out. Why not just do like normal people do when they hear a song they like; which is move to the rhythm of the song with their heads or bodies.
Amateurish personality assessment verdict: Do not put these people on the front lines of anything. They feel they can outsmart everyone without doing the necessary homework.
3) People who steal your words or ideas and repeat them verbatim to others as though it is their original thought, right.in.front.of.you.
How do you know it is your own thoughts and ideas? Well, because you had the same conversation with them the day before and they had no thought or idea about the issue. They even asked you what you thought about the issue. And it is those same exact words that are being repeated to another person while you watch them take credit for it.
As someone who likes to share knowledge and learn from others, I know how it can feel when something resonates with you. It almost feels like yours but you know that before you heard or read it, you had not thought or spoken it out loud. Maybe it was buried in your subconscious, but face it, it never got let out till someone else said or wrote it.
Now to take all the credit and be shameless about it right in front of the person you heard it from, that just shakes my core and makes me think never to trust you with important things.
Amateurish personality assessment verdict: These are the potential murderers who haven’t found the right motive yet.
4) This happened a couple of days ago and I don’t know if it qualifies as a pet peeve but it did annoy me.
In church, the girl sitting next to me kept running commentary on everything going on from the singing to the pastor’s message. And to make matters worse, she kept poking me in the ribs with her elbow so I can acknowledge her comments and spontaneous laughter.
I almost lost my mind.
Usually I am a good sport when a stranger pulls me into a conversation. I feel it is a symptom of loneliness, plus I can distinguish between a lousy talkative person and someone interested in good conversation; so I usually indulge them.
But this Sunday, it felt like I was being dragged by my hair and with the constant elbowing… it was too much. Unfortunately, there was nowhere to run to.
Amateurish personality assessment verdict: *I haven’t decided yet.
Bottom line, the things that get me may seem ridiculous to you and vice versa. I have no logical explanation for my annoyances and I am sure neither does any one else.
Even the name pet peeves is comical if you really look at it. I just believe this phenomena is in every one of us to make us a little weird. And in my opinion, life is more interesting and colorful when it is little weird.
So what rattles your cages?
Some images via flickr