10 Things I hate the most
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- Waiting This has got to be my number one pet hate.I'm one of those annoying people who hate to be late, so I always get everywhere early then get annoyed when I have to wait. Take last week's visit to the gynaecologist, a fantastic example. I arrived fifteen minutes early, so I could complete the form for a new patient. The receptionist handed me a small plastic container and told me to pee. I duly found the toilet, managed to direct my stream of urine into the bottle and not over my hands which was a good start. However, when I wanted to give my urine sample to the receptionist, she refused to take it, and said I needed to hang onto it for the doctor as he'd want to see it. Well, needless to say the doctor was running late. Very late. Some woman had gone into emergency labour and he had to rush to the labour ward in the hospital next door to check on her. How inconsiderate of the woman, knowing that some of us had made appointments weeks in advance. Especially, as I now had to wait in the waiting room desperately clutching my plastic container filled with urine that was quickly cooling in my hand. I couldn't read magazines while I waited, as I didn't feel I could put my urine sample on the coffee table in the waiting lounge and force everybody to look at it. I hate waiting.
- Finding out you're wrong Don't you hate it when people imagine you might enjoy something, like a movie, and go on and on about it, until you are so convinced you'll hate it, then when you get there you find out they were right. You did enjoy it. Take this weekend when my youngest daughter forced me to see harry Twatter and the Half-cocked Prince. I've always prided myself on not jumping onto the Harry Twatter Bandwagon. I never read the books or watched the movies. In fact, I hate fantasy, magic stuff and science fiction. Imagine my disgust when I enjoyed the movie so much, that I found myself commenting that I couldn't wait for the next, and my daughter looks at me with a smug expresssion on her face and says, "Told you so!" Last week, she went to see Transformers and I said no, hate that kind of movie, will rather see Knowing with Nicholas Cage. My daughter told me I'd hate it, and I disagreed. I should have checked first to see what the movie was about. I hate horror, science fiction and doomsday movies. They scare me shitless and give me nightmares. I do have an overactive imagination. So, imagine my horror to find that Knowing was a horror/science fiction/doomsday kind of movie. My daughter was right once again. Now I can't stop looking at the sun waiting to see if a maxi-flare is shooting out, and my eyes are really starting to get sore from looking directly at the sun.
- Cucumbers and pips Cucumbers, watermelons and things with pips. The last few years I've started to eat tomatoes, even though I know your body doesn't digest the pips, and if you use human manure in your garden as fertiliser, then tomato plants start growing everywhere. My grandmother told me that if you swallow a pip, you get a tree growing inside you. I no longer believe that, but still can't bring myself to eat pips. And nuts. Except chicken and cashew nuts and salted peanuts on a bar counter when I'm busy consuming alcohol at a rapid pace. So, make me a cucumber and nut salad and I'll hate you forever!
- Lack of time I'm one of those multi-taskers, doing so many things at once, I always seem to run out of time. Today, I'm supposed to be packing the last few things to airfreight to my new residence in Tanzania, working out an assessment tool lecture and examples to give a group of new teachers in the township, making a website for my mother's NGO, writing a funding proposal for her, sorting through stuff I need to put in storage, and writing my book. So little time to do so much. And, I'm supposed to be on holiday but no time for holiday amusements. So, what am I doing? Writing this article which is not on my list of things to do and dreaming about whether or not I can fit in a lunch of delicious calamari before the lecture this afternoon.
- No money Don't you hate it when there's so much you want to do and can't because there is the problem of not having the money to do it. I hate it when a lack of finances hamstrings my enjoyment of life. I've seen so many things I'd love to buy and can't. I hate it when I have to have priorities and stick to them. But, watch this space, one day I'll win the lottery!
- Naughty children As a teacher I have to spend my working hours with children. That is my choice and I do enjoy it. However, when I go out somewhere, I do not enjoy being surrounded by badly behaved children who infringe on my personal space and hamper my enjoyment of the moment. Especially, when their parents turn a blind eye and let them carry on like hooligans, running everwhere, making a noise and generally being a bloody nuisance. If you can't control your child, put them on a leash when you take them out in public!
- Aggressive people I am a conflict-phobe. I do not cope well with aggressive angry people who feel they have a point to make. Look at me as if you are going to shout and I retreat into my personal happy place in my mind, and I tune out. further shouting and gesticulating will not reach me when I'm in my happy place. When you have calmed down sufficiently, then talk to me. Control freak people and domineering dominating type people - I don't do them either. In a meeting, if I keep getting shouted down, or spoken down to by some condescending patronising prat, I'll retreat to my happy place, nodmy head to pretend I'm paying attention, when I am actually planning the next chapter of my book. I use avoidance when faced with intimidation.
- Know-it-alls There is nothing worse than a know-it-all who thinks they know how something works, but doesn't have a clue. Sometimes, I might remain silent to watch know-it-alls fail and make fools of themselves. It does give me a perverse pleasure. This was something I came across quite a lot in China. You are trying to explain directions to someone, and the keep saying, "I know," when they have no idea what you're talking about. So when they say, "I know," I keep quiet, and let them do it all wrong or get lost.
- Poverty I hate feeling helpless when I am surrounded by people who are living in poverty. There's so much I'd like to do for them to relieve them of their burdens and stress. But I can't do enough. Whatever you do is a drop in the ocean. Every leak you plug, another five leaks spring out. The utopia of a world where nobody is wanting is an ideal that would be awesome. Unfortunately, there are always the 'haves' and the 'have-nots.' I wish I could do more for the 'have-nots.' But then sometimes when you help them, they become greedy and want more and more until they rip the ring out of the donkey, so that you yourself become a victim.
- Health problems I hate feeling sick or having health issues. This whole holiday has been spent getting various medical check-ups. It's a waste of time and money, but unfortunately, something that has to be done. But it's not only my health problems I hate, I hate it that people who are already suffering because they are 'have-nots' are often hit by chronic health issues as well. Why kick someone when they are down? They already have no money to buy food or pay for a decent place to stay, so why make them sick they can't work or afford to buy medication?
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