Irritation can be a great source of learning
We live in a world of stress. Nothing goes as planned, and once we get out of our cozy nest at home, we are bombarded with annoying things. Curved balls come at us from everywhere. On the street, at work and depending on our mood, just about anything can be annoying. There are a lot of “Lists of annoying things” out there. My list is about deep psychological irritations. And everyone has a thing or another that push their button. I hope you enjoy.
#9 PEOPLE CROSSING THE STREETS WHILE TEXTING
People walking and texting and looking at their phone is already very irritating. But crossing the streets and texting is the next level. This one really irritates me because I feel the pedestrian is ignoring me. To me it shows the level of stupidity humanity has reached. I fell like I’m responsible for this idiot while he is the one putting himself in danger.
#8 THE BACKGROUND SOUND OF FAMILY FEUD
If there were ever a contest for the most annoying, irritating and distracting background sound – the Family Feud Show would win with flying colors. There is a intermittent loud bell that could sound at anytime, and a loud buzzer, the audience applause and the most annoying music ever composed. If you’re ever have to work trying to concentrate and have to hear that background sound, you’ll know the degree of annoyance I’m talking about.
#7 PEOPLE THAT TAKE YOUR PEN AND NEVER BRING IT BACK
If you leave your pen antedated for even 5 seconds at work; someone will borrow it. They say to themselves “I’ll bring it right back” but we all know that never happens. At best they forget it and leave it in a obscure spot in a magical place where small back hole appears and take the pen out of this universe where all the lost pens and socks end up; or they actually had the premeditated idea of stealing the pen from your. The end result of both is – you’ll never see your pen again.
#6 STEPPING ON A LITTLE TOY AT NIGHT
You know your are a father of mother when you wake up in the middle of the night to tend to your crying baby and step barefoot on a hard plastic toy. I never forget the night I stepped on Batman’s head and his hard plastic nose almost pierced my naked foot. At that instant I realized my life would never be the same again. This is a kind of existential irritation. But nonetheless a irritation.
#5 A TEENAGE DAUGHTER ASKING YOU FOR A RIDE
You raised your little kids and now you think you’re done. But as your teenage daughter who doesn’t drive, asks you to take her somewhere you’re reminded that you’re not done yet. and there are many years more of taking her somewhere.
#4 PEOPLE WHO TAKE TWO PARKING SPACES
This is a interesting and strange one. This is obviously a favorite in many lists but there is a catch. We are mad at somebody who we think of as a conniver and ill intended person. “Check out this guy, he just doesn’t care about anybody, how selfish is he?” But in reality it might not be true at all. Sometimes is not the person’s fault. You parked just right only using one space, but when the car in front or back leaves, it might create larger spaces making you look bad. But we love to have these imaginary annoying individuals. It is kind of delicious to be annoyed.
#3 STARE TOO MUCH IN THE EYE
Every time you talk to them is like having a job interview. There are some people who talk to you and they want you to look at their eyes the entire time. They think somehow if you don’t, you are not telling the truth. I happen to not like to look in someone’s eyes the whole time. I find it kind of unpleasant and distracting because I like to concentrate hearing what they have to say. Not that I can’t stare, I just find I don’t need to do that all the time.
#2 EATING BUBBLE GUM MAKING LOUD SOUNDS
There is not too much to explain here. This is simply one the most annoying things in the world and only looses to the number one item bellow.
# 1 DONALD TRUMP
This man personifies irritation. All bullies, lairs, aggressive and intolerant persons out there are a reflection of Donald Trump. It is like he represents all annoying persons in the world. He is the president of irritation. He has an uncanny ability to irritate everyone. His annoying personality is one of a genius. Everything he say and does is irritating. He is irritating to the planet, the young and the old. His irritational level is off the charts. He can cause not only psychological irritation but it can actually physical irritation. Trump rashes.
How can we use our irritations for self reflection
What irritates me? The me part is very important because irritations don’t exist by themselves. They do have any evil intention or premeditated purpose to annoy you. They irritate you because it is a reaction created in yourself.
Whatever irritates you is a gold mine of exploration. Instead of trying to avoid your irritations you should stay with them for some time and savor them. By doing that you’ll have a chance to change how you feel about your irritation and discover why it pushes your buttons.
Notice when you are in a good mood, less things irritate you because you simply don’t let them irritate you. The more out of it you are the more irritated you become. This in turn let us know that is not the world but the irritations are all within ourselves. Change yourself and all irritations will disappear.
What is your most favorite annoying thing?