Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Curiously Furious

P.S. Not by Fitzgerald...but then again, Abraham Lincoln did once say, you can't trust everything you read on the internet. Still a good quote. Source

Yesterday I was in Ulta, "cashing in" on my rewards. I had a handful of goodies plus one bottle of Pureology's 21 spray (or whatever it's called, I call it 21). I took it to the register and after the girl was done ringing me up, everything came to $0.00, including the $24 bottle of 21 spray. She handed me the items in a bag and said "have a good day!" I looked at the girl and said, "ummm aren't you going to charge me for the Pureology spray?" and she said "Isn't that part of the rewards program?", "Uh, no. I wish it was!"

So she rechecked me out and I walked out $25 (after taxes) poorer and 100x angrier at myself. 

Why? 

I knew it was the right thing to do, but I was so angry at myself for speaking up. 

I'm the kind of person that always does the right thing, to the point where it's sickening. There's a sign that says "No Trespassing"? I'm the girl that's politely reminding everyone that we can't go that way because the sign says so. And then continues to remind you the rest of the night.

Yes, I'm THAT "guy". 

Yes, I know it's annoying at times. Sorry. 
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I've never been this furious with myself before, especially over something that I knew was the right thing to do. It normally feels good to do the right thing, so why was I so upset with myself? 

I got back into my car and started yelling. Yelling at myself, at my steering wheel, yelling at God. I called my mom, yelled at her (in a venting kind of way, not yelling AT her). 

Why did I get so mad? 

Dave and I both agree there is something deeper to this anger I felt, but we can't agree on what it is. He thinks I'm sick of being the "nice guy" and this was just my way of taking it out on myself. That may be true, one of the things I was hollering at my poor mother was that nice guys finish last. I think it may be stress and the result of some not so great weeks at work. 

But what if it's something deeper?

I don't want to be that person, filled with so much anger and hate. I held on to that anger for most of the afternoon. It wasn't until I was driving to school that I had to have the "come to Jesus" talk with myself and tell myself to knock it off. 

I'm really hoping it was just me being overly emotional about having a bad day and nothing more because, pain in the ass or not, I just want to be a good person.
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Have you ever had a time where you surprised yourself with how you felt about something or how you reacted to something?




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4 comments:

  1. Yes, I've definitely been there when it comes to reacting in a way that I didn't expect. It does seem from your post that there's something deeper going on (and you mention stress, which can definitely do that!!). But you shouldn't be mad at yourself - you did the right thing and you'll be rewarded for it eventually in some way.

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  2. You did the right thing and this will come back to you in a good way.
    Surprise myself about how I feel about something? All the time! I often realise I actually had a very different mindset to my emotional state

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  3. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing the right thing. Of course it's nice when someone's mistake turns into our advantage, but what if she had gotten fire over the mistake? We all have moments where react so uncharacteristically from our norm, and I think that's natural. I don't think there's any deep rooted meaning behind it. MORE people should do the right thing.

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  4. I just want to say that one of the reasons why I decided we would be BFF for life even though we haven't even met is because you are such a kind and wonderful and honest person!! I think we all have times where we go "why didn't I just do what everyone else does?!" I don't think this was a representation of you-I think it was some parts of a bad day mixed with some parts of a shoulda-coulda-woulda and it just kind of exploded.

    Just remember: we need more people like you in this world. Even if sometimes they are in their car at Ulta screaming at the steering wheel ;)

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