A Scattered Brain On Unnecessary Life Competition

A Doodle & A Muppet

Let’s be honest here. I have no qualms in admitting my utter hatred of the human species.

Wow.

I’m not a regular coffee drinker so when I do drink it, it’s like alcohol in that it makes me relentlessly spew the truth without any hesitation at all.

But of course, I obviously kid about hating people.

Sort of.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to drink more coffee because:

  1. The health benefits of coffee aren’t backing down.
  2. I live in Seattle. If I don’t drink coffee, I’m considered a weirdo. (No worries. I still get my green tea fix quite often.)
  3. It helps me to write… like big time. Like… HUGE difference. (And I need all the help I can get, yo. Wait… IS it helping??)

So, coffee… good stuff.

Lately, the husband and I have been trying to meet more people by going to meetup events and meeting friends of friends, other social events, and ya know, stuff like that. I am an introvert. The husband is an introvert. We have a few close friends but unfortunately, they’re currently scattered across the U.S.

We’re in our 30s (almost 40s for me!) and without children, so we’re in a weird place that is making it difficult to meet people and make new friends. And, I’ll freely admit I am particular about the type of person with whom I associate let alone befriend. There are certain personalities that just don’t jive with my own.

For example, I don’t like one-uppers. Every city has this type of snob though, right? But, *ahem* Seattle, you’ve got quite a few of them. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think it’s the native Seattleites who are the problem really. I think it’s mostly the transplants who come here and I don’t know… feel the need to show how cool and awesome they are to anyone who will listen and validate their self- worth, I guess?? I mean, they did move to Seattle after all. 

It’s obvious to most people that one-uppers are insecure about their lives as well as their skills and accomplishments. I get it. We all have insecurities. We all have our mommy/daddy/sibling rivalry issues. Maybe we don’t get enough attention. Yada yada. So on and so forth.

But, this snob attitude, the ‘I’m way more successful than you’ mentality, the one-uppers (seriously the worst attribute to possess!), and the just all-around superiority complex… all of this just does not sit well with me. When this person starts with their relentless boasting within your own family or a group of friends, it’s just plain annoying. When the same scenario happens among virtually complete strangers, it’s uncomfortable.

It’s such an unattractive trait.

Blargh.

So, just stop it, you guys.

Seriously, it’s gotta stop.

You’re not better than anyone else.

You don’t know everything.

You don’t have all the best stuff.

You may have more money… or a better car. But, guess what? Some of us don’t really give a shit.

And newsflash: there is probably more than one right way to do something! What may work for you may not work for me. Shocking, I know.

And for those of you who really do want to evolve and better yourself, compete with only yourself.

So, let’s bring it down a couple notches. Let’s hang. Let’s chill the fuck out. No two of us are alike, so why should we compare our lives as if we are? You do your thing. I’ll do my thing. Let’s talk about those things in a friendly, non-competitive nature. Let’s be supportive. We’ll be happy with ourselves and for each other.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll even be friends.

But only if you drink the best Seattle coffee in the right way.

Obviously.

xo~ Frani

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Posted on: May 20, 2015, by : Frani
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