We all have those people in our lives who just can’t ever seem to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. You know what I mean – the rich person who wants to know why the homeless can’t “just get a job.” The skinny girl who says, “why do fat people let themselves get that way?” The natural born tech-wizard who rolls his eyes at you when you ask him to explain the difference between USB and RGB.
I try… I really, consciously try to NOT be that person. I try, very hard, to understand where other people are coming from.
This week I was dealing with a customer service mix up and I found myself calling the guy I who had originally helped me, “an idiot” (not to his face – just as I was stomping around my house having a temper tantrum.) for losing my paperwork. I was truly angry with him. Then I realized that I’ve made the same kind of mistakes myself. Haven’t we all? The poor man is seriously over-worked and under-paid and… no… he’s not THE BEST at what he does. But neither am I, so who am I to judge him?
That said, there are some people for whom I have great respect, but with whom I simply cannot relate. They say things that are so far outside the paradigm of my life that it’s like they’re not even speaking my language.
So here it is. My big confession. If you are a person who says these things, I may love you but I do not truly understand you. I have no idea what you are talking about so I simply can’t relate.
1) “I can’t wait to go for a run.”
You can’t wait? Why not? Is there a scary guy with a knife coming for you at this moment? Even so… wouldn’t it just be easier to pick up your laptop and throw it at him? I can ALWAYS wait to go for a run.
2) “I couldn’t go to sleep because I knew there was a mess.”
I can’t even tell you how many times I have gone to sleep BECAUSE there was a mess. In sleep, the mess goes away. Now if you said, “I can’t stand to be awake because of the mess… well… maybe I can relate to that. But then again, can’t you just go to the mall or somewhere where other people keep the world tidy?
3) “I was so upset I couldn’t eat.”
Obviously you have never tasted either chocolate nor macaroni and cheese.
4) “I love a great slasher movie.”
Do you know what is more entertaining to me than watching the most evil concoctions of our mind ripping poor innocent victims to shreds in a great splashing bloody display of horrific violence? Uhm… pretty much ANYTHING.
5) “I don’t like dogs.”
Right. Because cute fuzzy creatures of fluffiness with infinite loyalty and boundless love are hard to like. Yes. Some of them are mean but that’s like saying, “I don’t like people” because there are a few jerks in the world or saying, “I don’t like food” because some foods don’t suit your taste. Dogs are awesome.
6) “The 80’s sucked.”
Seriously, you must be joking! The whole world was a blur of fantastic neon and big hair and fabulous ankle boots. There were cartoons every Saturday morning and Bon Jovi was on the radio and MTV played actual music videos. We played Pac Man and Pong and passed notes that we actually wrote by hand on bits of paper. Granted… the 80s were a hippie nightmare. We all spent 10 years drenched in chemicals and walking through a haze of cloroflourocarbons but… still… I’m pretty sure that the sheer coolness level of the DeLorian made up for that.
Tell me…. what is the thing that you just can’t relate to?
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