One of my biggest pet peeves is a MEAN PERSON. There are various types of mean people, there are the EVIL scum that walk into an elementary school and shoot at innocent children like what happened in SC today… and then, there’s your average everyday asshole. Yea, I know, you’re thinking: But, the latter is much more harmless than the scum that shoots up a school. I agree. Very true. They go further than mean and are just pure evil. But, that doesn’t mean that the every day jerks don’t cause harm. I’d like to talk about them, because the evil people go far beyond my realm of psychological understanding. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Listen, I get being bitter. I get that terrible events unfold in our life that ‘change’ us. I myself am not the pure, sweet girl that I once was. She’s still in there, but she’s buried underneath the weight of the concrete walls inside that were built by hurt. But, I feel like, it’s ok if you’ve been burned before and can’t always be Mary Sunshine. It happens. But it’s completely another thing to just turn around and treat people like crap for no reason at all and just because you can. I am not always nice myself. I try to be. I have always been an empathetic person. I try to see both sides, put myself in the other person’s shoes, and recognize my own faults. I will NEVER just be mean to someone for no reason. Ever. I will be nice if you’re nice to me. But, when I see someone treating an innocent person terribly or when someone gets snappy with me without probable cause, I will not bite my tongue. I will always stand up for other people or myself. You know those people who are nice to you when it’s just you and them, but when they’re in a group environment they suddenly turn into a complete jerk? That irks me. I understand enough to know that is their way of making you feel bad by putting the spotlight on you, so that they don’t have to feel bad about their miserable selves for a while. But just because I understand that that’s what is going on, does not make me think it’s right. I totally believe in THE GOLDEN RULE. Just be nice to people. It’s really not that hard. Even if I’m in a terrible mood, I will never snap at you first. It’s when other’s claws come out, that I lash back. I am literally astonished at how some people behave. Rude comments, bullying, kicking someone when they’re down, treating friends with carelessness. Don’t be one of those people! There’s enough sadness and cruelty running loose in the world today to just treat each other with such disdain and disrespect. Please, love those you can. Don’t mistreat the people that are good to you. You never know how deeply it cuts into them. Stop the cycle and help spread kindness. I know this is starting to sound like a hippie bumper sticker, but from the bottom of my heart, I mean it.