I hate to admit it, but working with the public has made me a bitter person for the most part. I wish I could say that everyone I meet is super appreciative, kind, and genuine; but I’m not fooling anybody.
When did we, as humans, lose our patience? The smallest inconvience is suddenly the world’s biggest problem, as if people aren’t dying from cancer and living in poverty all around us.
I’ve experienced ugly people everywhere- we all have. I don’t mean appearance of course. I’m talking genuinely foul and mean-spirited people. These individuals are everywhere. The grocery store, your job, the streets, hell; maybe even your own home. You can’t avoid it.
I often let these people linger in my mind for so long that I let them ruin my entire day. Why? Maybe it’s because I’m overly sensitive. Maybe it’s because I can’t fathom how people could be so unashamed of their attitude and behaviors. Maybe it’s because I think too much and I should just let my mind shut off.
Truthfully, I couldn’t give a single shit about people who think poorly of me. I know who I am, I know what I’ve accomplished, and I know my values as a person are positive.
Every once in awhile an impeccably mean person will come into my life, usually for a very short period of time, and I will never forget that person. As terrible as they are, as cruel as they may be, I will always thank them for never letting me lose who I am and what I stand for.
Growing up, I really went through hell and back. I’ve experienced things I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. During that time, there were often people who changed my life for the better; whether it was a simple smile or a small conversation. Those people got me through the toughest times of my life. Total strangers.
I know we all have tough days. Sometimes life falls down around us. It’s okay, that’s supposed to happen.
However, I think maybe we should all be a little more careful with how we treat one another, regardless of the situation. Life isn’t perfect and neither are we, but it is up to us to make the best of the worst situations. We choose who we become. We do not have the right to let our past experiences make us bitter.
Be kind, always.
You never truly know what a world of difference it makes.