“Maybe I’m wrong?”. I think if everyone asked this to themselves every time they get into an argument, the world would be a much happier place.
To be honest, I too like to be right about things, I argue and try to emphasize my point on things that I find nonsensical, usually to a point where my lovely wife just gives up. Why? because she’s smart; why bother she would say, and I have to agree, these nonsensical arguments are usually insignificant.
From her I’ve learned this art of aloofness which helps me a lot when dealing with the world. I thought I knew it before but finally, I’ve realized the actual meaning of the phrase “ignorance is bliss” which is mostly the reason I haven’t blogged in years but I feel like there are things we can change about us. Things which most of us do or don’t do that leads to annoyance, impatience, rudeness and finally anger towards each other. So here it is;
Let’s all minimize the honking. I mean you know the unreasonable honking, maybe just wait a minute or two before starting? This honking has gotten out of hand now, don’t you think? It’s come to a place where, unless someone is not relentlessly honking the people who are stopped do not hustle on with their business, it’s come to the point where little kids on the laps of their parents think the appropriate response to stopping in traffic is immediately pressing the button that makes that loud noise.
I’ve seen that a few times, the way they smile with pride after the grownup thing they just did.
I have typed honked too much, just you know let’s agree to not honk unless we have to.
Let’s fact check and I mean everything. If we are sharing something for our loved ones or friends I think it is our duty to check if it’s true. Do you realize how many people fight over facts that are not even true? And do you realize how many actual internet trolls are out there, clickbait sites or people with stupid agendas and biases? The internet consists of the collective thought of every human being who has access to a computer or phone, I cannot even image the amount of nonsense that’s in it; don’t add to it. #flatearthforthewin
Accept that people are different, most importantly different people have different opinions, we may wholeheartedly disagree with that opinion, and that’s okay. The problem comes when we try to force each other’s opinions down each other’s throats. When has that ever worked? We can be right and if we are IA other’s will, in time, also come to accept it. Sometimes, we just need to let go.
Don’t unnecessarily add people to social media groups. And certainly stop adding them after they leave. You do not need a Viber group for everything, even if you do, start accepting that some people might not want to be in it. I mean 120 people talking at the same time, who do you even reply to?
Everybody needs to give way to each other on the road. Not just motorcycles or cars but people who walk. And use the zebra cross, they keep repainting it for a reason. Stop taking your children diagonally across the street. And wait awhile before you overtake something stopped in front of you. I don’t know how many times roads were blocked because a car, or cycle or a big ass lorry couldn’t wait for a few seconds.
Use your turn signals. Please.
Stop doing a wrong thing to right a wrong, it never works. It doesn’t, it just makes things more complicated, muddy and it takes us back to square one.
Smoke responsibly. Just remember it is your prerogative to smoke, unless it is not directly affecting a person around you who does not want second hand smoke, or someone who can’t move away, like a kid.
Be a little considerate when you park. Considerate to not park in front of the front door of a house, considerate when parking between two motorcycles; usually we are all in a hurry but I think we if were just little bit more cautious we can avoid scratching each others motorcycles or breaking the back number plates.
There is no actual gray area. Things are pretty much black and white, if you need to find a gray area for something it means that there is something wrong there right? And someone will be wronged in some way.
Pray. Not just Friday, everyday. It’s like exercising, it’s hard to start. It’s hard to wake up early in the morning, it’s hard to go to mosque with a busy schedule, meetings and whatnot, but once you start and keep at it, everything else will fall into place. I will now skip the sanctimonious portion and just say this, I used to wonder why my life was so crappy, now I know why it was.
To summarize, life is chaotic, disappointing and sometimes cruel. Usually because people are those things, so maybe if we become just a little bit better, treat each other a little bit better, it doesn’t have to be. Maybe we can make it a little bit better.
It’s a blog post, why are you here if you don’t want to read it. #sarcasmshouldbesomewhereinoneofmyblogposts