The next person who tells me to ‘let it go’ is going to get their face punched in. I can’t even bring myself to listen to that stupid Disney song (of the same name) because it contains the one phrase I despise more than anything else… “let it go”.
I agree that one should not let petty matters eat them up. If you want to call that ‘letting stuff go’, be my guest. I do have priorities and common sense, just incase you think I’m a walking time bomb twisted up by my own displeasure of small annoyances. I’m not. I do realize that you have to pick your battles.
But there are some things that I just can’t let go, and being told to do so feels like a slap in the face. It feels like the person telling me to free myself is diminishing my feelings.
Here are some things I refuse to let go.
1. The laundry that sits unfolded for days on end. I wash it. I dry it. And if you haven’t noticed, I have a full time job and a three year old. And apparently I am the only one who possesses the magical power of seeing 2 huge laundry baskets filled with laundry waiting to be folded. The baskets that sit at the door of our bedroom. That you have walked by half a dozen times on your way to take a shower, a shit and a shave. Pitch in. For the love of God. Pitch in.
2. Grown adults who use apostrophes to pluralize words. It’s WRONG. PLAIN WRONG. I drive by a sign every morning on my way to work that advertises canoe’s for rent. Really? What possessions of the canoe are for rent? There are so many more examples. Don’t get me started.
3. Parents who send their children to school and to me (the teacher) filthy, smelling of urine and cigarette smoke without the basic essentials they need, and then want to get all up in my shit over the quality of instruction I provide. Don’t give me that crap that you’re doing the best you can. You’re not. If you can afford cigarettes, you can afford soap and water. Give a shit, show up for a parent conference, feed, clothe and wash your kid. Oh yeah, and while you’re at it, get off Facebook and read to your kid and maybe check their homework. End of story.
4. People who don’t use signal lights while driving. It’s illegal. (probably…. well, I’ll assume it is for argument’s sake). I don’t have a fucking crystal ball. You’re going to cause an accident. News flash… it’s not all about you on the road. Most people really appreciate a little notice before you come to screeching halt to make that 90 degree turn. Off a major highway. Learn how to drive.
5. Walking with your outside shoes on (a big no-no in my house) on the floor I just spent time on my hands and knees cleaning. Don’t plead ignorance. Did the fragrance of Mr. Clean evade you? You’re thoughtless. Another 15 minutes of my life I can’t get back. Thanks.
6. People who let their dogs off their leashes on a public beach. THE SIGNS AND THE LAW CLEARLY STATE KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH. Don’t give me the crap line of “I’m just letting him run…”. Let your dog run at a dog park or designated area to do so. Some people don’t enjoy having strange dogs run up to them and jump on them. Not everyone is a ‘dog’ person and should not be persecuted for their fear/dislike of canines. When you tell me “oh, he won’t hurt you”, it makes me want to hurt YOU. So stop it.
These are just a few things off the top of my head. There are more, but why bother?
No, I do not need an anger management class. No, I do not have high blood pressure. Yes, I realize there are people dying, children starving and problems of greater importance in the world. I get it. I really do.
My point is by telling me to let go of things like this is to tell me I don’t count, that laws and the onus of common decency apply only to me.
And that, dear reader, is why I will punch the next person who tells me to let it go. (or at least imagine that I’m doing so)