What do you do when you’re a nice person and you are attacked by an asshole?
I think most of us are nice by nature. We are willing to put up with others being annoying in public because we are nice. We don’t want to lessen their experience because they are annoying ours.
What is a nice person to do?
For example. My husband and I were in a restaurant one Sunday morning. We were seated behind an annoying group of people, led by a man and woman who were watching YouTube videos on their phones with their volume at the highest level possible. The man with the phone then proceeded to blow his nose and take napkin he blew it in, and show it to the rest of the table, then threatened loudly to throw it at each of them. This continued on for 30 minutes or so. They were loud, obnoxious and annoying. All the tables around us were giving them dirty looks, the waitress even asked them to quiet down, but they just kept going.
So, like the nice people we are, we ignored them. Until my husband sneezed and then blew his nose. Rather a common thing to do after sneezing, right? Well, I guess not for the annoying asshole behind us. After he was disruptive the whole time we were there, he had the audacity to turn around, and in the loudest voice he could muster, he screamed at us, “Shut up and do that in the bathroom.” Seriously, I am not kidding here, the noisy asshole actually did that!
My husband, being the extremely calm man he is, laughed it off, but I was enraged.
Here we are the “nice” people of the world once again being walked on. The tables around us looked angry- as if they were going to attack him themselves. The man, who looked like he might have peaked in the 80’s and now was trying to relive his Miami Vice days, was taken aback because my husband just smiled and laughed at his comment. Thankfully, my back was to him because I wasn’t so forgiving. I wanted to get pissed, I wanted to tell him off in 12 different ways. I might of, if not for the look on my husband’s face. Being married to him as long as I have, I knew the look. It was the “He isn’t worth it Sherri, let it go” look. So I did, I might have mumbled something about where he could shove his YouTube videos under my breath, but I definitely didn’t let him have it like I wanted to.
Why… because I’m nice.
Well, you know what, I am tired of being nice. I’m tired of being surrounded by assholes that get to say and do whatever they please, while I’m careful with what I say because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. How do assholes go through life like that? How does someone like him not realize that he is annoying the rest of the world around him with his actions? Do assholes not care or do they just not understand the unwritten code of the world? Do they set out to annoy people? Is it their goal at the beginning of each day? Or does it just happen, naturally?
We are overrun by assholes these days and I am just tired of it. I want to go out and hunt the assholes down and tell each and every one of them off. Make them apologize to all the nice people that they have walked on, talked down to or belittled in their lifetime. Tell the assholes on Facebook that post those ridiculous quotes, that no one is falling for it. We know you’re an asshole, no matter what you try to make people believe. Then I want to go with the “Nice People Police” to the movies and tell each and every asshole that feels the need to use their phones during the movie, to put them away or get out!
I wish we lived in a world where being nice was the norm, and being an asshole was unheard of.
I hate being nice all the time, but I can’t help it…I’m a nice person. I care about other people and how they feel. I know you do too, or you wouldn’t be reading this. We are the nice people of the world, and we are being overrun by assholes. You know, though, there is a way we can still be nice, and also get our point across to the assholes of the world. Try this, next time you’re somewhere and you see a nice person being overrun by an asshole, don’t stay quiet, step up. Smile at that nice person and stand by their side. Show the nice person that they aren’t alone and the assholes that they can’t boss us around, that we, “the nice people,” aren’t going to take it any longer.
We can still be nice, but in numbers that are hard to ignore, we get to keep our nice ways, but still be heard.