By Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Dr. Beauchamp teaches writing and diverse communications at Alliant International University. He co-wrote Disabled Literature and has another book due for release. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s.
It’s Just not that Impressive
Now that I have reached an age when I am no longer impressed by something simply because it’s new, I have noticed something. I’ve noticed that there are a great many things in this world of ours that I am tired of. Oh sure, we all get tired of things from time to time (like nosy, noisy neighbors), but there are also times when we can get fundamentally tired, horrendously tired, excruciatingly tired of various things.
For instance, I’m tired of over-priced clothes. The other day I saw a jacket that cost $3,000.00. Excuse me? Three grand for an off the rack cotton jacket? I don’t think so.
I’m tired of pompous people. I don’t care how good you are at what you do – whether it’s medicine, hair styling, writing, selling insurance or anything else, you don’t need to be a pompous ass about it. It may be good that you are proud of your accomplishments, but don’t become insufferable.
I’m tired of skinny people. Yes, skinny people are healthier that the un-skinny, yes, they will live longer, healthier, happier lives. Too bad, I’m tired of them and their smug little skinny attitudes.
I’m tired of people who don’t even have the time to smile – you know who you are. Smiling doesn’t take any time out of the day and it will make you more attractive, easier to be around, and much more likeable. Besides that, you’re ugly when you frown – so knock it off.
I’m tired of people who think they need attack/hunting dogs in the city. They never keep them chained and fenced well enough and eventually the dog gets out and hurts or kills someone. They never understand why little Fido did that even though “little” Fido weighs 80 pounds, was attack trained, and had the temperament of a pregnant rattlesnake with morning sickness.
I’m tired of men (yes, it’s generally men who do this) making things overly complicated. Have you seen some of the music systems out there? Particularly in cars?
I’m tired of calories.
I’m tired of fat.
I’m tired of cholesterol.
Stay with me here – I’m just getting started
I’m tired of people who are rude to customers. If your job is to work around people then be polite when you’re around them.
I’m tired of coffee that costs more than a meal.
I’m tired of meals that cost more than a hotel room.
I’m tired of hotel rooms that cost more than dental surgery.
I’m tired of dental surgery than can cost more than many cars.
I’m tired of used cars that cost more than my parent’s first house. Can you believe that? I’m driving around in a car that’s worth more than the first house they ever owned.
I’m tired of television scripts that are just more of the same old thing. You watch one show and realize a short way into it that it’s just a remake of a still older show that itself was a take-off on a show that aired two years before that one. It’s a smorgasbord of scripts – one piece from column A (sexy detective) and one from column B (in trouble) and you’re got another episode.
I’m tired of 14-year-old girls and boys being the arbiter of cool. I’m tired of cool.
I’m tired of having too few choices in so many of the important things (breakfast cereal – in which we do have enough choices – is not one of the important things). We don’t have enough choices in energy, or fuel providers. We don’t have enough choices in environmentally sound autos. We don’t even have enough choices in tires.
I’m tired of icemakers that break down long before they should.
I’m tired of worrying about health insurance. I’m really tired of worrying that my children will have health insurance when they’re adults.
I’m tired of worrying about Social Security. Fix it and quite stealing from it. Raise taxes or do with less – it’s what we do at home and what we’ll have to do with government programs as well.
I’m tired of medical expenses that put care beyond the reach of so many citizens.
I’m tired of utility bills that are so high that the elderly can’t use their air conditioners (those who have them) and risk their health every summer.
I’m tired of the artificiality of fashion. In style – out of style – never in style – will never be in style, etc, etc, etc. It’s fake fashion hand-in-hand with fake economics to sell clothes or whatever else. And after a while, of course, ideas run scarce, and the old ideas get trotted out again. Minis are in, minis are out. Want to save money on clothes? Never throw anything away – sooner or later it will come back in style (or you’ll be so “retro” you’ll be beyond cool) and either thing is okay.
I’m tired of celebrity. You know, celebrity justice, celebrity endorsements, celebrity appearances for a fee, celebrity faces everywhere, and on and on. We’ve become a celebrity-driven culture and it’s sad.
I’m tired of conspicuous consumption.
I’m tired of cancer.
I’m tired of heart disease.
I’m tired of cardio-vascular disease.
I’m tired of arthritis.
I’m tired of AIDS.
I’m tired of sadness.
I’m tired of being tired of so many things.
And on it goes, all of us trying to live, trying to stay alive and healthy, trying to prosper, trying to raise our kids to be productive, trying to leave the world a bit better place. At least I hope we are.