We’re guessing we’re not alone in feeling that some days can be overwhelming comprised of challenges, annoyances and for a lack of a better term, full on pain-in-the-asses. Traffic is slow, the line up is long, and the person in front of you in Starbucks waited until it was there turn to decide on the most complex permutation of a drink one could possibly concoct when you’re already five minutes late for work.
Them: “Hmmmm. Yes I’ll have a half mocha-half-latte-coconut-milk-whipped-cream-topped, sprinkled-with-chocolate and caramel-drizzle-extra-hot-cappuccino.”
You: *rolls eyes* “effing, actually.”
We call this getting Truman-ed. We reserve this description for situations wherein the circumstances of the universe collide to a point that delivers annoyances on so many levels that the only plausible explanation involves an entire cast and crew responsible for creating said circumstances only to watch you deal with the fallout.
We don’t know about you, but this happens to us. . . regularly.
General reactions include getting irrationally angry and fully believing the conspiracy contrived against you; hot nostrils, increased heart rate and as a result, high cholesterol. If said circumstances occur in a motor vehicle, it’s likely that wild hand maneuvers, one hand motion in particular and horn honking might occur. Loud sighing, excessive huffing and wildly visible eye rolling are all natural reactions to getting Truman-ed. And we understand.
But here’s the thing (and we’ve done the research) no matter how violently we roll our eyes, honk our horns or huff out in exasperation, the trajectory of the situation remains the same. In fact, our fully sanctioned, wildly scientific research suggests that said reactions can actually exacerbate the Truman-like circumstances we’re facing and ultimately perpetuate them onto the next unsuspecting soul.
And here’s the other thing. Our reactions, our anger, and our all-out-annoyance are all based exclusively on a reality that is not for one second remotely true - in that the universe does not, in fact, revolve around us.
Us: “oh, right”
You know us, we don’t chastise, we reflect, and if it strikes a chord well then, high five us. Given that the universe doesn’t revolve around us and that we’re aware of zero people’s circumstances outside of our own, maybe we can cut the universe and those other souls in it a little slack. We’re all fighting our own battles and the last thing a relatively innocent passerby needs is to be the recipient of an entitled, assumptive and unkind eye roll.