“Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was ‘Shut Up’.” Joe Namath
It’s been kind of a rough week. I’m definitely NOT having the Best Work Week Ever (and NO I don’t want to talk about it), I’m having to coordinate two kids with multiple extracurricular activities almost every evening this week and over the weekend, I have a mountain of laundry to fold and another mountain to wash, I haven’t worked out in three days, my seasonal allergies have me taking more medications than your average 80-year-old with a heart condition, erectile dysfunction and constipation, I’ve been getting a little more than 5 hours of sleep each night, I’m freaking out a little because I’ve committed to a ½ marathon at the end of August, road trips and vacation are coming up that I don’t feel the least bit prepared for, I’ve taken on another side project that is going to consume a fair amount of effort and time that I just don’t have, and I’ve been pretty much eating my feelings for the last four days.
So, to say I’m not in top form mentally, emotionally or physically would be fair. And then I go to my usual source of amusement and distraction, the Facebook. And I wasn’t disappointed. I saw articles about parenting and balance and general good news. I saw accomplishments; new jobs, babies, weddings, milestones, degrees, discoveries, relationships. Love that shit. There were funny animal videos; I seriously can’t stop laughing when I see cats freaking out or dogs doing something goofy. And then there’s the food porn pics; I love food, you love food, thank you for sharing your amazing looking meal! And the kid stuff; if people have kids, they are generally proud of them. And will likely post pictures of them. A lot. And believe me, I genuinely smile when I see pictures of your kid(s) whom I’ve never met or haven’t seen in years.
And then I see it. Shared, several times, an article whose title is not only grammatically incorrect, it’s also phonetically incorrect. If you want to really say SHUT UP to someone, or a group of people, you should say: SHUUUUUUT UUUUUP. Not SHUTTTTT UPPPP. Because it just doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, there was this article with that phonetically incorrect title that was written by some blogger for a local sports network. He mostly talks about Philadelphia sports and wearing sweatpants. And then he decided to take a really hostile swipe at runners. The reactions that I saw to the piece ranged from EFF HIM to, eh, okay, kinda funny.
And I know it was meant to be funny, and I saw the humor in several of the author’s points, but it also aggravated me. Because it was just negative and, well, mean.
And because there are just a few things I hate on Facebook:
Vague, passive-aggressive posts that say things like “I can’t believe I let this happen again, but my heart will go on”, “FML, everything sucks”, “I will cut a bitch for saying lyes (sic) about me, you know who you are!”
Anything by climate-change deniers. It’s real people.
And anything that categorically criticizes a group of people. Muslims, Catholics, stay-at-home-moms, overweight people, immigrants, politicians (as a category, not individuals), Star Wars fanatics, foodies, runners, whatever.
People are people, man. Any “category” of people you can come up with a multitude of variations of behaviors, actions, attitudes, expectations and goals. Just because I’m philosophically left leaning doesn’t mean I think all Republicans are evil, or even that all Democrats are flawless. Just because I don’t practice any religion, if I see you thanking your God for something positive, I don’t mind. I’m having a shitty week at work, but if I see you post about your recent entrepreneurial success, I’m happy for you.
Yeah, I know, haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate. You’re entitled to your opinion, and you’re entitled to express in on social media if you wish. But think about it. Just because you can say negative things about a general category of people of your choosing…doesn’t mean you should.
So, YOU shut up.
Have a nice day!