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Is It Me?

January 10, 2010

I don’t know what’s with me at the moment.  I seem to be getting overly irritated at the slightest little thing.  Like, the last couple of days people have made comments – particularly online – that have the effect of just really pissing me off.  I have no patience!  Usually, although perhaps not the most tolerant of people, I manage to hold my tongue.  Or at least take a step back from the thing that’s bugging me and move on.

This has not been the case this weekend.  Some people’s remarks – while probably not intended to cause offence – have been crass and insensitive.  Or just plain ludicrous, judgmental and petty.  And rather than talking it out, teasing them or having a joke about it, I have been going off like a rocket.  I mean, one of the things that really wound me up was somebody telling people that they should be doing a particular thing, disguised as ‘being helpful’ by explaining how to do it.  Reading between the lines, the fact that people weren’t doing this particular thing was bugging the hell out of the guy and this was his way of saying so.

Now, I am pedantic.  I am a spelling and (as much as possible) grammar freak, always willing to learn more about correct sentence structure and the like!  A misplaced apostrophe plays to my OCD like nothing else!  But I would never dream of dictating to other people how they should be relating their little bits of information to their friends.  I would never publicly criticise someone for their lack of knowledge, or belittle them by forcing an explanation of their mistake down their throat!  To me, that is petty and self-indulgent.  If you don’t like what another person is saying in a social networking forum then mute them, ignore them – or if it really irritates you, just de-friend them!  I’m afraid I thought this person needed to get a life, and it made me really mad!  Yes, I know I could have taken my own advice and muted, ignored or de-friended, but it’s the principle!  (And I did de-friend eventually, anyway.  It wasn’t a person I considered a ‘real friend’ and we didn’t talk very much!)  I was annoyed, but I didn’t make a public announcement to say so.

Until now.  Anyway…

There was an issue yesterday too.  A crass but not malicious remark by a kid who should have known better caused me to overreact massively.  It was ok in the end, the kid and I worked it out, and the person whose timeline we disrupted has forgiven us!  But I still feel bad.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Is it just me?  I feel like a big ball of pent-up irritation just waiting to explode on the next person who says something out of line.  I read some people’s derogatory or demeaning comments and instead of rolling my eyes and moving on, I sharpen my tongue and roll out the ever-ready sarcasm to go on the attack.

Is it me?  No.  Wait.  Don’t answer that.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2010 18:24

    You’re one of the sweetest, nicest people I know, Hannah—it’s hard to see you in what you describe above! But: we all go through periods where every tiny infraction turns into an affront (well, I know *I* do!). I’m not sure why it happens—maybe it’s the phase of the moon, or the bitter cold, or just tiny stressors that accumulate over time until they burst? Regardless of why, I hope you’re able to restore your equilibrium soon… and if I contributed in any fashion, please kick my ass! OK? (cozy) hugs to you and Chipmunk and I hope Spring’s coming soon!

    • bubbleboo permalink
      January 10, 2010 18:42

      It wasn’t you – if it was I would have told you, nicely, in a PP. And believe me, I do have my moments! Incidentally, I am also aware that I probably do things that annoy others, but as this is my blog I explore my point of view exclusively 😉

      I’m sure I’ll be back on an even keel soon enough – maybe it’s all this snow that we never get sending me loopy?! (Big hug) right back at you from me and Chipmunk x

  2. January 10, 2010 19:27

    Well, sometimes we just get too much of the bad stuff at the same time and haz to let out some steam to not implode…. *giggles*

  3. Lizzie permalink
    January 10, 2010 21:15

    I totally understand why that one particular plurk had you unhappy – and I think you dealt with it in the best possible way. We all have times when things come to a boil and we realise that things that we hadn’t realised had been bothering us obviously have. You had some terrific loops on the rollercoaster of Life recently and it’s about time the inadvertantly pent up stuff blew up and out and let you be our Boo x

  4. onsundaymorning permalink
    January 11, 2010 14:10

    Sometimes the frustration and angry seem to just come out even at things we can usually just brush off. It’s good to get it out.

  5. January 11, 2010 16:02

    Personally, I think there’s something in the air. This Mars/Mercury retrograde seems to be getting to everyone.

    That said, I’ve had that same experience. Someone says something and I just go off like a rocket. Most of the time, I can let it go, walk away. But sometimes, I can’t. I guess that’s what it means to be human

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