These are guaranteed to make your life harder than it should be
There are all sorts of “sins.” There are sins of omission, the Seven Deadly Sins, sins against humanity and the list goes on probably forever. This list isn’t anywhere as serious as those – this is a simple list of things that make life more difficult (with a few of my own comments and observations thrown in be-cause I can and it’s fun).
My list has things that make life harder than it needs to be and yet they never go away. So why do we do them? Sometimes we don’t know what they are until we do them for the first time, sometimes we seem to be unable to learn after we’ve done them a dozen times, and sometimes they simply catch us because we were looking in another direction.
Life’s (Almost) Deadly Sins
Rudeness; this makes life more miserable than it needs to be and so why do it? Do we need to be so selfish that we’re rude too?
Blowing a sneeze across the room
Coughing at someone (or coughing into your hand and then extending that hand to shake someone else’s hand)
Giving the “finger” while driving (unless it’s in Florida – where it’s probably necessary)
Pumping your own gas in Oregon (there is no self-serve in Oregon. You can imagine me standing at the car watching an 80- year-old person pump my gas. I’m glad the law gives them a job, but come on there are better ways)
Arguing PC vs. Apple (it’s boring, it’s old, who cares, get over it)
Picking your nose while driving (Hey! That’s glass all around you and we can see you. It’s gross so knock it off unless you’re in Texas – there it’s probably mandatory)
Noise in movie theatres: the popcorn is crunchy – chew with your mouth closed. Oh, and shut up (whoops, was that rude?)
When you pull into the gas station to get gas and there’s no one ahead of you at the pump island, pull to the forward pump. Don’t make the rest of us have to drive around you because you can’t be a tiny bit considerate. Get over yourself
Speaking of getting over yourself, get over yourself
Don’t kick sand; it’s not that hard to learn how to walk at the beach
When you’re eating in a fast-food restaurant throw away your trash when you’re finished. The rest of us really do not want to have to toss your used ketchup packets away because you’re too lazy to do it. If you want full service go somewhere else – it’s not difficult to figure out
Do you really need a pint of imitation butter product on your small popcorn at the theater? Quit pump-ing and go sit down
If you are using a public toilet, flush it, just flush the freaking toilet already
It’s not all about you
In fact, it’s rarely, if ever, about you (or me either)
Littering. If people would simply throw away their trash in trash cans we wouldn’t need draconian laws like these according to the National Conference of State Legislatures: Massachusetts – a fine of not more than $5,500 for the first offense and not to exceed $15,000 for each subsequent offense. Oregon – Class A misdemeanor. Fine not exceeding $6,250 or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both. I have to say that Oregon was probably the cleanest place I’ve ever been but do we really need laws like this to make us do something so simple, easy, and good for us? Yeah, I guess so – how bloody sad
Saying “no problem” when someone says “thank you.” We don’t care whether it was a problem or not – if it’s your job to do something and someone says “thank you,” just reply “you’re welcome”
Here’s a sin for you: Not replacing an empty toilet paper roll. We don’t care how you put it on, if the paper hangs down in front or in back, just don’t leave it empty. And then we promise not to leave it empty for you
Question: Is life really so boring and dull for you that you need to express yourself on bathroom walls? If so, put the pen down and go do something. Join a club, take a class, go somewhere, jog, anything, just get a life. Writing on bathroom walls will not make you immortal, famous, or funny. It just proves you really are the person you wish you weren’t
Drinking does not make you smarter. It’s not a sin to drink, just to make the rest of us listen to you ramble about what needs to be done and how you would fix it. If you can make something better go do it. If you can’t then go home and watch TV
Here’s my last almost deadly sin: wasting your life. This is your shot, your chance. Don’t waste it. Go help someone, go back to school and start a new career, apologize for your mistakes and then move on. You can change your life and make it better. Plus, you can make the lives of those around you so much better too.
So there you have my incomplete list of life’s (almost) deadly sins. I’m not sure what started this topic; it was probably when someone said “no problem” and I took off from there. There are thousands more, of course, but to list them would be committing another sin: being more boring and cranky than even I have any right to be.