Ahhhh. It feels so good to let go of that baggage, simplify my life and bond with those who are genuine. While some of these have always grated on my nerves, now I cannot bear to be around it. Here goes, stuff I can no longer tolerate.
- I can’t tolerate judgmental people – If you have not walked in someone else’s shoes, you have no right to judge. I can be polite but those who are critical of others due to lack of experience or just plain “judgy” types have no room in my life.
2. People who veil prejudices in religion – This makes me nuts. Religion never gives you permission to hate a group of people no matter how many Bible verses you quote. Once your child dies by suicide, watching people debate things about how others live their lives because it doesn’t line up with their limited “religious” views is such a waste of energy.
3. People who are narcissists – They will never do anything for anyone other than themselves. A total waste of my time.
4. Sweating the small stuff – I see people getting totally undone about the simplest of things. Life is way too short to stress about the neighbor not getting his recycle bin put back.
5. Bitterness – Can’t hang around it. Can’t tolerate it. I’m done with bitter people. I feel I have every right to feel bitter and angry after losing a son to suicide. But I don’t want to live my life that way. It would be a dishonor to my late son and the living one to do so and being around people who are that way just bring me down.
6. People who constantly complain that it’s not like the “old days” – Let me tell you. It’s never going to be the same again. It just isn’t. Waxing sentimental every once in a while is fine. Being a constant complainer drains the people around you. You want to go back to prairie life scrubbing laundry on a wash board? Nothing makes someone sound older than this type of complaining all the time.
7. Adults that act like children – We are seeing a lot of that with our presidential candidates. I refuse to give them one second of attention or promotion by discussing it on social media. It’s so effing ridiculous it’s not worth my time.
8. Arrogant people who are possessed with stuff – It’s stuff. For so many years, we had to sell stuff to get services for my son. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Because I can replace stuff. I can’t replace the time I spent with him. With every item that comes into my house, at least two have to go!
9. People that stigmatize or make fun of those with disabilities – You know how passionate I am about this. I understand that not everyone knows everything about mental illness or other disabilities. But be willing to listen and learn. I’m not going to throw you under the bus because you say the “wrong thing”. But I am going to take that as an opportunity to educate you. I love comedians. But to me, if you are making fun of those with disabilities, you just are not creative enough to command my attention. It’s too easy to go all shock jock.