I was thinking today about what makes me irritated, what really grinds my gears, what flips my pancakes, what pickles my cucumbers.
Well, let me see, for example, one thing that really irritates me are; sayings that aren’t really sayings. Another one is peoples abundant need to sugar coat everything, literally and figuratively. It peeves me, that the majority of packaged food has added sugar, the kind of sugar that is addictive and no matter how much I learn about the harmful effects of sugar, I still find excuses to eat it. But today, I don’t want to talk about the technicalities of sugar and nutrition, I want to talk about my frustrations!
I was reading a book called, ‘Health at Every Size’ and I stumbled across a section dedicated to what to say when someone says, “you’d look so much better if you’d only lose weight”. The responses listed in this book that the author suggested, ticked me off! Some of these miraculous responses included, “heaven forbid, there isn’t enough of me to go around as it is!” or “Oh, no. A heart as big as mine wouldn’t fit in a diminutive body!” or “why would I want to lose weight, when I’m so damn gorgeous right now?”
Looking at these responses for the first time, they made sense to me. I thought about the people that have a hard time responding and engaging in conflict. I think these phrases as responses to such disgusting weight statements are for them, but for me they just don’t quite cut the cheese! I get really pissed off when people feel entitled to mention and comment on my weight, who do they think they are? Who are they to make me feel uncomfortable? I understand the need to keep the mood light, but I really feel like giving one of the above fluffy responses doesn’t quite put the person in their place.
If you ask any of my friends or family, they would tell you that I have no problem addressing the unjust actions or sayings of others. Just yesterday I was talking with my family, and my brother interrupted me with something like, “don’t you find it irritating when” and I immediately cut him off with, “I find it irritating when you interrupt me.” What is fun is that the blatantness of my statement got a laugh from everyone, including my brother. What I’m trying to say is, don’t fear the uncomfortable outcome of addressing some prick trying to ruffle you up, a short sharp statement that envelops how you feel about the topic and the attitude of the person will shut them up.
I think being overly clever can be a fault as well, but I feel if someone said to me, “you’d look so much better if you’d only lose weight.” I would say something like, “good. I was hoping you didn’t find me attractive.” or how about “you and me both bro.” or my personal favourite, “yeah, I’m lucky that’s all I have to do.” and then examine their body with pity in your eyes.
That’ll put them in their place, make them doubt their body like they were trying to make you doubt yours. They can’t handle their own medicine? Poor baby.
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