Man, I could write forever on this topic! I don’t know if I have so many because I’m just easily irritated, or if it’s normal to have a lot! I’m trying to learn patience, but it’s not always that easy. So here, in no particular order, are my pet peeves.
Driving under the speed limit – In general, I can’t stand slow drivers. But what really irks me are people who can’t even drive the speed limit. We live near a 2 lane highway that is 55mph and I would say 8 times out of 10 I am stuck behind someone going no more than 50mph – usually 45 or so. You can’t pass, so you’re just stuck there. I understand driving under the speed limit in bad driving conditions; I’m referring to normal conditions.
Mis-use of their/there/they’re and your/you’re – People! We learn this in elementary school. Their = belongs to them. There = a place. They’re = they are. Your = belonging to you. You’re = you are. This is not that difficult!
People who chew with their mouths open – I tend to doubt anyone I’ve met IRL was born in a barn, so get your act together and eat like you’re part of human civilization.
Talking on your phone in a social situation/game/etc – You’re on a date, shopping with a friend, on a bus, getting off an airplane, at a ball game, at a dinner. Get off your phone.
Tailgaters – I especially love when someone tailgates then zips past you and you’re right next to them at the next stoplight. Instant karma.
Pants sagging – it goes without saying that this is just dumb.
People that dress their pets – I know a lot of people do this. It’s not my thing. They’re animals. They’re cute just the way they are. You can also add people who carry their mini-dogs in their purses to this.
People who leave their dogs out barking – We have a neighbor who let their dog out at 5:30am, and it has been out barking for as long as 3 hours before. 5:30am. Might you think your neighbors would be sleeping and not wanting to hear your dog constantly barking? You’d think.
The one-upper – you know, your kid learned to tie their shoes. So their kid designed their own line of footwear. You lost 20 pounds. They lost 40 “without doing anything, really”.
The jerk on Facebook that runs their mouth – making racist/sexist/homophobic or derogatory comments and then gets worked up when someone calls them out on it, like nothing they said was wrong, or that they have a right to say so because of “freedom of speech”.
Those are just a few examples of my biggest pet peeves. What are some of yours?