What is your pet peeve? That thing that someone–perhaps your nearest and dearest–does that just annoys the snot out of you. Maybe it has nothing to do with people; maybe you find bad grammar super irritating, or standing ovations, or the 17 year locusts (which are coming out this year, by the way.) Maybe you despise gum-chewing, or Bruno Mars, or people who cut in line.
Don’t we all have them, those things that get on your last good nerve, that make you grind your teeth and clench your fists? Clench, clench, you’re thinking about hitting something, but you know it would be wrong. So you just retreat deep into your personal quiet space and pray that it goes away. Whatever it is.
Yapping dogs? Subwoofers? Ventriloquists? New Age music? Anne Hathaway? What is it? What makes you go “ARRRGGGGGHHHHH”?
I’ll go first, although quite honestly, I have too many to name. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stay this calm in the presence of so many provocations.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
These are a few of my least favorite things:
- Back seat driving. If you’re going to “suggest” how I should drive, I will just pull over and let you take the wheel. Really, this car only needs one driver.
- Loud eating. How is it that some people sound like they have microphones in their mouths when they are chewing? My family knows better than to eat crunchy foods when I am within earshot, which might be up to half a mile away.
- Bragging. You know who doesn’t brag? People who are so awesome they have nothing to prove. Get over yourself, you’re not that great.
Your turn, what are your top three pet peeves? Or top fifty. Whatever. I promise to stay calm.