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Life's Little Annoyances

Updated on April 28, 2013

As one gets older, maybe I'm only speaking for myself, their nerves can only take so much of other human beings before they have a major meltdown. Pet peeves lurk everywhere high and low. I just thought I’d take the time to recognize what annoyances drive me up the wall. Hopefully I’m not alone.

The Nose Laugher

If this is you I apologize but laughing was not meant to come out of your nose. There are things living in there that we do not want to see come out or even imagine coming out. So if this describes your laughing style carry a Kleenex with you for the safety and respect of others.


This is dedicated to those that enter a room saying, “Huh?” You weren’t even in on the conversation that was being discussed before you entered the room. So what makes you think that the laughter or discussion that you walked in on involved you? It's as if they didn't catch what you just said even though they weren't apart of the convo. I don't get it.

Corn Chewer

In the movies the only thing I want to hear is the movie. I don’t want to hear your popcorn chewing because your mouth is wide open as you pop each kernel in your mouth. And when I look back at you, that doesn’t mean right on, keep up the good annoying. It means pipe down. Pop and chew with your mouth closed please. It’s only courteous.

Loud Talker

Guess what? I don’t care that your mother thinks you’re irresponsible because you left your child with someone else because you’re sick. First of all, the whole store doesn’t need to know that nor do we care, so lower your voice. Secondly, I don’t want your nasty cold either so go spread your germs elsewhere and take your phone with you. At this day and age, you’d think people will realize that phones have microphones and the person on the other end can hear them just fine without them yelling into the phone.

Germ Spreader

The above draws my attention to those that are sick but still choose to come into work anyway. Just because you decided to take NyQuil the morning you go into work does not mean that your cold has dissipated. You are sick and potentially passing on whatever you have to the next person. Guess what, I don't want to have to stay home sick and lose out on my income because you want to spread your little green men (germs) around the place just so you won't lose out on yours.

The Facebooker

“I cooked dinner.”, “I pet the dog.”, “I just went to the bathroom.” Who cares?! I don’t. And guess what, chances are very high that all the friends you have on Facebook don’t care either. Please stop going on and on about little tid bits of nothing. You are not Paris Hilton, Demi and Ashton or any other super star that everyone has an interest in and wants to know every little detail about. And even then, I still won't care.

How To Handle These Annoyances

As I get older, my tolerance for these annoyances get shorter and shorter. Perhaps I just need to be on medication. I’m convinced of it. Until I get the meds I need, here are a few ways to deal with life's little annoyances:

Accept What You Cannot Change

This is one I have to really come to grips with. You can change yourself and what is yours but you cannot change another human being or their actions. It is out of your control so deal with it.

Take Yourself Out of the Equation

In the case of the popcorn chewer, though I threw darts at them with my eyes, it did not help so I merely moved to a more pleasing seat in the theater. Rather than get into a verbal conflict I took myself from the annoyance and enjoyed the rest of the movie.

Ignore It

With the Facebooker, I choose to ignore their comments. It only stresses me out, for reasons I can't explain, so I just don't look at them. My next step will soon be to remove said person from my friends list. This action is fast approaching.

Laugh At the Situation

With those that come into a room uttering, Huh? I just laugh. What they are doing and why is beyond me so all I can do is secretly laugh at them as they questioningly enter and carry on with the conversation.

Hopefully with these few tips you can let those annoying things roll off. It's really not worth being annoyed by them. If you had bigger problems you'd be more focused on those. So just chalk your silly annoyances up to having a blessed and trouble free life.


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    • NiaG profile image

      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      Cool stuff. You are very insightful and I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Keep up the good work.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wow! This is great! I agree with you on the Facebook comments. No one really cares what you had for dinner or that the dog chased a cat today. I think these people could find something more productive with their time, like spending time with their kids. Also, I am glad that someone is a religious person and I appreciate some of your quotes and thoughts, but please don't fill up the feed with them continously!

      More importantly, if you have something to tell me, that is important, such as my father in law having surgery this morning, DON"T tell me on FaceBook! My God! Have these people forgot how to pick up a phone and have a conversation! My "mother-in-law" did this yesterday!

      Texting is another thing that drives me crazy. I see people all the time, texting and walking. I would love to see one of them walk into a pole! Texting and driving is a whole different rant of its own! Shame on you, you really got me started here. I'm going to make myself stop now... LOL Voted up and interesting!

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting! Maybe when you're just a tad older you will be more like the old men who just utter "ahuh, ahuh," while they're turning their hearing aids down. :)

      If I don't have to live with it and I can get out of the way before I get some on me, I just ignore it. ;)

      Very good lesson everyone needs to learn -- you can't change other people, only yourself. How you choose to view the world is up to you. If certain people are getting on your nerves and they're not coworkers you can't avoid, then just move on. Life is too short to spend it putting up with or even thinking about all those thoughtless people.

      Here where I am, it's conversations in the middle of the night out in the parking lot of my apartment complex that carry so well it's like they're standing right next to me even though my windows are closed and locks and the blinds closed too. They're shouting out there, and they get annoyed when I purposely ask nosy questions the next time I see them -- just so they will know they are including me in their conversation (and half the neighborhood) whether they realize it or not, so maybe they should pipe down a little. Not all of us are interested in how often they're getting laid. Sorry, but domestic issues are often the subject of discussion in those late night LOUD conversations.

      Enjoyed reading this hub and voted it up and funny. Don't know if you intended to present it in a 'funny' light, but I thought it was funny and to the point at the same time. Love the pic of the cat! ;) Looks like me when I hear some of those midnight or later conversations!

      Will share with my followers.

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      rutley 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Amen to these!

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Oh nemanjaboskov, there will probably be more to come. My annoyances go on and on. Ha! Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for dropping by. Have an awesome day!

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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      This was great, NiaG!

      I probably have all of these peeves, as well as a lot of those you didn't mention :)

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks cenabcn1! Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!

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      cenabcn1 6 years ago from LAHORE