How to Deal with Pettiness

Why there is no need to stoop to that level

Does anyone out there wonder why people act so petty? I know it can’t just be me. Why? Because it happens to all of us, no matter where we are or how old we are. There are always petty people.

Okay…What happened?

Well thank you for asking. While being as vague as possible, I don’t really want to offend anyone, I’ll tell give you the gist of the situation.

I had planned to go to an event with some friends of mine and we never messaged about it until the month before came up. I was waiting for one friend to respond to me about plans for said event and didn’t hear back. This was two weeks before the event. They didn’t respond until two days before the event.

“Maybe they were busy?”

Let me ask you, how long does it take to respond to a message? Because most of us are pretty much glued to our phones, I would assume that it’s not that hard to send a quick text. I get a day with no response, but two weeks? In summer, which means no school?

How to Deal

With all that aside, I would like to admit that it’s really easy to get mad. And eventually fire off a text that is rude. Or at least a subdued rude. But that satisfaction only lasts for a little bit of time.

Remember that you aren’t the problem. They are. Unless you began being rude (which is what being petty is sometimes) to begin with. Then you are the problem. Read: please stop.

I can’t tell you the amount of reasons/excuses you can make for that person acting that way towards you. But none of them justifies them being petty to you, especially if it was uncalled for.

Stay strong. Seek out some friends who you can trust and make sure you didn’t do anything to cause said pettiness. It’s really easy to tick someone off these days and if you think that you did do something, reach out to the mean person. Settle that drama. There’s no need for it.

Moving Forward

I would like to say that after college or even a certain age, people stop being petty. But I would be lying. I’ve heard many stories about people being petty at the workplace, from adults who have their shit together more than me.

And it’s sad to say that this behavior is now being encouraged. I get it if you are the victim. But unintentional or intentional pettiness for whatever reason is not needed.

There is always going to be someone who is ready to be like this towards you. So don’t stoop to their level. There isn’t a need to add more bad intentions to the world.

It can be easy to just do what they have done to you, but it’s not what should be done. Take the high road and blow it off. I dare you.

-Joss

 

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