This week is a week to declare to the world what you are thankful and grateful for. To show appreciation and affection to the ones you love, like, and tolerate.
So I'm going to do that with you all! I'm going to share what I'm thankful for, grateful for, and what I appreciate. Or would appreciate in today's case.
That's right. I'm weird, so today is about the 5 things I'd be super grateful if you didn't do.
1 - Do not touch me if I don't know you. If you are a stranger on a train, give me two inches clearance. This is actually a really reasonable request too. Not only do I NOT want your stinky breath breathing on me, your germ infested hands grazing my arm, or your knee to keep whacking me, but I actually have a slight phobia when strangers touch me. No joke. My heart rate goes up, I start breathing heavily, and I get anxiety like you would not believe. So it would really help me out if you didn't touch me. I don't want to jump out of a moving bus if I don't have to.
2 - If you are desperate to talk to someone, anyone about something, anything, keep walking. I'm not your girl. Quick chit chat with the cashier at King Soopers, or the guy behind me in line at Wal-Mart doesn't bug me. But I will let you know when I'm done. Pretty much after about 5 sentences, I'm good. Stop talking. I don't want to hear how much you loved the new Godzilla movie, or how cute your grandkids are, or how your curling iron stopped working after ten years and you just can't decide which one to get now. I do not care. I will never care. After this moment, I'll never see you again. So stop pestering me and let me play Candy Crush on my phone. Thanks.
3 - I would love if you didn't associate a bad day I have to my mental illness. Yes, people have done this. People I know. It's horrible. Just because I've had a bad day doesn't mean I missed my meds or that my depression is "kicking back in." It's means you are driving me bat-shit crazy and I'm tired of dealing with you. Or that I missed my meds. More often than not it's the first one though.
4 - I would just adore it if people didn't treat me like an inferior. I was at Target the other day (because, let's be honest, it's becoming an obsession) and people kept bumping into me, not saying excuse me, and making me move out of their way. Um, I have two kids in the cart that I'm trying to keep under control, and you can't move two inches to the left? Usually it doesn't bug me too much. I just shrug it off as their parents didn't teach them mutual respect for others, and go about my day. But as the holiday season picks up, and the crazy holiday shoppers are starting to emerge, please, for the love of all sales and coffee, please be nice! Don't make other people move for you all the time, don't be a bully, and show some common courtesy.
5 - I am 25. I have two kids. I am married. That doesn't mean I don't like to go out and have fun. It doesn't mean that I only wear yoga pants and ponytails. It doesn't mean that I make every meal from scratch. Chase will eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast sometimes. I hate yoga pants. My hair is in a ponytail so my 9 month old doesn't rip my hair out. I love dancing. Please do not make the assumption that just because I have a husband and kids at a younger age I gave up my youth. I love my family. I've always wanted them. But just because I have them doesn't mean I don't like going out for a drink with my single girlfriends. Many of them have conveniently assumed that I have no interest in a social life. You are dumb. Just so you know. I would love to go to a bar with you. I would love to go shopping. If I can spend an afternoon without my kids and husband, I'm a happy camper. I love them. But I'm not chained to them. TAKE ME OUT DAMNIT!
So please, I would be eternally grateful and thankful if you didn't do the above. It would make for a better Thanksgiving and holiday season!