Pet Peeve List

pet peeve
–noun
a particular and often continual ANNOYANCE; personal bugbear
I need to get this out of my system. My pet peeve list includes --

  • The lack of RSVPs. One of my frustrations in life is to get people to RSVP. Yes, I've realized it is not the culture here in the Philippines. BUt it's common sense and common courtesy. So please don't be annoyed with me when I completely follow-up until I get a reply.
  • Jejemon language in text messages. Come on, even my own mothreated her own text language. Often than not, it leaves me confused. When I text, I spell each word correctly. I don't care if it takes longer. I do not want to be misunderstood.
  • People getting in an elevator/train and not waiting for its previous occupants to get out.
  • False excuses/alibis. Now, there's no need to lie, right? If you can't make it, simply say you can't. No need to follow it up with an out of this world excuse.
  • People throwing trash anywhere. Hello?? This is wrong whatever angle you look at. Back in college, I once got out of a car to throw away the trash threw on the road.
  • Cutting in line. Unless you have an extremely good reason, I will not let you get in front of me. Why can't just people respect those ahead of them?
  • Bad customer/follow up service. If you sold me something, then you better be around when something goes wrong.
  • Tagging me in photos of stuff people are selling in Facebook. I like to keep my Facebook page clean. I am OC, remember? Please don't be offended when I untag myself in photos where I don't see my face. I am especially careful in tagging people in FB because not all people wants to be tagged in incriminating or unflattering photos.
  • Not returning borrowed items. If you borrowed something, please have the courtesy to take care of the item and return it as soon as you're done with it.
My list used to be longer. Through time, I have learned not to sweat the small stuff and just let it go. I used to be a stickler for punctuality. And then I became a mother who ends up being late most of the time. I am now forgiving and more understanding of people who are late.

But there are still things I could not let go. Not yet. Maybe in time, I will be more patient and more tolerable but not to the point of being abused.

I believe the solution to avoiding being an annoyance to other people is to be respectful and considerate of other people's things, time and feelings. This reminder goes out to me, too.

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