I have been known to have a bit of a flash fire temper. Quick to get pissed off, but relatively quick to cool off. Rarely do I actually get offended. Occasionally, though, something will gnaw at me for a while, like a slow burn, building up until it catches fire.
When I first saw the meme below on facebook, I just kept scrolling. People post all kinds of stuff on facebook. No biggie, right?
The next day, a different person posted it. I tried to keep on scrolling. I really did try. I told myself, “Let it go, Rhonda. It’s not a big deal.” But I couldn’t completely let it go, so I just left a little comment saying it seemed offensive.
Whew. Okay, on to other things. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, not completely out of mind, but pretty much.
The next day, I’m scrolling around on facebook again, and yet another person posts the same damn thing. How many people do I know that think this is okay? At this point I’m not quite offended, but I am perturbed. Bothered. Annoyed.
I’m telling myself, “keep scrolling, keep scrolling, KeepScrolling, KeepScrolling, KeepScrollingKeepScollingKeepScolling!” but I can’t do it. It’s not in me to just look the other way.
You know I can’t let it go, right? Crap like this annoys the hell out of me. I really try to ignore it, but something inside me keeps screaming WHAT THE HELL? WHY ARE PEOPLE THIS FRICKIN RUDE?
If you aren’t sure why it’s rude, let me tell you. It’s basically the equivalent of people saying “My opinions are more important than yours, and if you don’t agree with me, then fuck off.”
I wasn’t going to get into this whole “War on Christmas” shit. I was going to happily mind my own business for a change. I was doing great and was actually quite proud of myself. But this meme gets on every last one of my nerves.
If someone has different beliefs, why does that make it okay to be rude to them? Especially during this “Most wonderful time of year? The happiest season of all?” It doesn’t seem very Christmas-y that people go around pissing on someones day just because they can.
Some people completely miss the point. Instead of bitching and moaning about if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holidays, maybe we should all just go around saying BE HAPPY! That’s supposedly the point, right?
I think many people revert back to a 5 year old’s mentality and walk around essentially saying “my holiday can beat up your holiday.” That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Instead of seeing that almost everyone is celebrating holidays, some assholes nit pick and criticize people for celebrating the wrong one. They seize every opportunity to passive-aggressively point out the “right” holiday that should be celebrated.
It seems to me like everyone just needs to grow the hell up. Make this a magical time of the year. Enjoy your celebration, but respect everyone’s right to do the same.
One last thing – if I see that Merry Christmas meme up there again on facebook, I will probably comment “Be Happy” while calling the poster an arrogant douchebag behind their back. Just say no to douchebags.