Blog Every Day in May, Day 22: A rant

Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel.
(a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband
or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)

This topic couldn't be more aptly timed because I'm totally PMSing. And as any human being who's ever had a uterus knows, everything is irritating when you're on your period. Pants are irritating. My hair is irritating. The fact that other people exist this week is ESPECIALLY irritating.

As eager as I am to blow my b*tch wad, I'm not entirely sure what to rant about. My husband is already fully aware of what he does to irritate me, so there's no point in rehashing it for public consumption. Also, I would never complain about my irritants at work because I have class I'm scared of who might possibly read this. Plus, nothing at work is bothering me. 

All current events irritate me because 99% of the world's population is entirely too stupid and spends far too much time doing stupid things that harm far too many other people. 

Did I mention I'm PMSing?

Actually, I do know what I'd like to rant about and, after reading the above outburst, it might seem pretty ironic:

You know what really grinds my gears? Negative people. 

I absolutely cannot stand negativity. And people who are negative? I can't stand them either. 

Negativity breeds negativity and if you're sitting next to me being a total Debbie Downer and talking about how much your life stinks, it's going to rub off on me, too. It's highly contagious. It's like herpes. And I don't want your herpes. Don't suck me down into your sink hole just because you don't want to be miserable all by yourself.

Horrible, crappy things happen in life. Constantly. People get sick, people die, people lose jobs, people lose their houses, people get divorced. That's just part of the human experience and no one is immune to it. And yes, it does seem like some people get dealt worse hands than others, but life isn't fair and complaining about how you have it so much worse than other people isn't going to change your situation at all. And despite what you might think, someone else actually has it worse than you and would kill to be in your shoes.

Don't walk away from a conversation or a situation or an experience and immediately start combing through all of your beefs or grievances with it. Happiness is a state of mind, it's an attitude. Try to find the silver lining, look for the good in people. Look for the good in the hand you were dealt.

I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to rip my own skin off because I was so annoyed listening to someone else grouse about all of the bad things that happened to them that day. If you're only paying attention to the bad things in life, guess what? You're going to find a way to twist everything to make it bad because that's all you know.

Several months ago, Clayton lovingly pointed out that the rampant use of the phrase " such-and-such pisses me off" is a an emotional exaggeration. He'd catch me mid-sentence and say, "Did spilling a little bit of Diet Coke on your pants REALLY piss you off? Or was it just annoying?" Until he brought it to my attention, I never realized how negative the adjective was. My choice of using that word would make an annoying situation far worse than it needed to be, putting me in a much more agitated state than what was logically called for.

(My advice: Reserve the phrase "it really pisses me off" for something major, like when a car accidentally runs over your foot. Not for something inconsequential, like when your piece of pizza burns the roof of your mouth or you get cut off in traffic.)

Now, I'm not saying it's not okay to ever be angry or throw yourself a small pity party every now and then, but for Jiminy Cricket's sakepull yourself out of it after a day or so. Maybe even after a few hours. Rant your face off in your diary or vent to a friend for 5 minutes, but then be done with it. Negativity, if given too much power, will consume you. 

Trust me, I'm not perfect at this either. I have sinking spells and bad days just like everyone else, but I want to be happy. I make a conscious effort to speak positively because, like I said, happiness is a state of being. It's a choice.


Everything about this quote makes me think of Joe Dirt: "Life's a gardenDIG IT!" Heh.


  1. funny take on the pms rant! Still laughing about the uterus line and that was at the beginning.

    1. Thanks! I normally try to stay away from hot-button topics around my monthly visitor, but I couldn't avoid it this time! :)

  2. You and your blog are hilarious, and I'm glad you're getting new readers from the Challenge! You deserve them. Your posts have definitely stood out to me as funny and worth reading! :)

    1. Well, you certainly just made my day! Thank you for the comment! This challenge has been a great way to engage with other bloggers and it means the world to me that new people are reading (and enjoying) what I have to say! :)


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