The Monday Peeve 54

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Doesn’t it annoy you when someone says something like “you can do a thing because that person did the thing?” Whatever it is — quitting smoking, getting rid of migraines, exercising more, publishing a book, finding true love, etc. — the premise is that someone else did it so I can too. Huh. So we’re all the same, a giant mass of cookies cut from the same dough the same way, and if one of us survives being stomped on by an elephant, then the rest of us can too. Did you know that some woman somewhere wrote a novel in the middle of the night after taking care of kids, job, house, hubby, found an agent after querying 500,000 of them, and is now on the bestseller list, negotiating movie rights, and buying a mansion? Ergo, I should have been able to do this as well.

There are variations to this theme. A particular irksome one is that X group of people are successful, so Y group has no excuse for not being successful also. This not only assumes that all people are the same and started out in the same circumstances, BUT ALSO have been treated the same by others. Another variation is the person who got lucky with an investment, is now all smug about his “brilliance,” and drones on that other people should be smarter about money, when it was JUST LUCK that he hit it big. We don’t hear about his other thousand investments that tanked, just the one fabulous pick.

Blah. This year sucks!



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28 responses to “The Monday Peeve 54

  1. Comparison are never good.

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  2. I completely agree! We’re all different and we’re experiencing the situations in different ways…doesn’t mean that if someone did something we can too…and then everyone should feel free to do what they please not what others do 😅

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  3. What? A busy housewife overcame time constraints of raising a family, holding down a job, and dealing with her husband to publish a best seller? That explains what I’m doing wrong! I need to ditch my wife, Mary a husband, and have… Wait… How many kids? Are you sure that’s what I have to do? I guess if she did it, I need to do that too.

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  4. I have seen people walk on hot coals, but I am not going to try that.

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  6. Exactly! I’ve been told that, but they don’t really know me, no one ever really knows another, do they?

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  8. I read some wise words by a blogger here that said (Paraphrased) God (he is a God guy) designed us to be good at ONE THING EACH. Different talents makes a diverse world. It’s not that someone can’t be really incredibly good at a variety of things, but there’s only one true ‘gift’. Therefore that cookie cutter mode of thinking that modern man has adopted is bull cookies. And here I was feeling a failure because I didn’t achieve all the things my peer group did….

    Here’s my two contributions today:

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  10. I can see why that peeves you, Paula.

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  12. A real peeve of mine, too. It’s the American dream: anyone can become president! OK, well, that seems to be true. (But actually, no. It requires lots of money and the correct connections.) But, yes, if you are poor or homeless or uneducated, let’s those of us who got lucky all pretend it’s your own damn fault! In a related peeve, all the narrative about how Type 2 Diabetes can be avoided if you would just stop eating so much and laying around and not reducing belly fat, or whatever. Read my lips.

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  13. I wrote about my tendency to take on too much and try to be all things to everyone. I screwed up my own weekend doing that, not that I actually have weekends. It’s the joy of being self-employed by a boss who doesn’t know which end is up.

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  14. @Roy if I had to blame one factor for triggering my diabetes, it would be food insecurity. Decades of yo-yo dieting and being a member of the working class living paycheck to paycheck puts a lot of stress on one’s body. Stress, not eating “bad food” or “eating too much” is something that I believe can trigger diabetes in people who have the genetic trigger for such. However, the solution to that is not to scold people to “just” relax, “just get a better job,” or whatever else they’re “just” supposed to do. As many of us seem to agree, not everyone starts out with the same benefits.

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  15. Yup! and the investment thing. I used to work in the financial markets and believe me it is not for the faint of heart. Some people have some luck, one time and then just like other gamblers they crash onto the rocks of market reality. The markets are not for amateurs even lucky ones.

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  16. I’ve been telling myself that I could do a thing because other people do that thing and it seems like the successful thing to do. Only to discover that I have neither the desire nor the talent to do such a thing. It’s taken a while to find my peace with that. But yeah, there’s too much “Be yourself! Do what [other person] did!”

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