Bring Something to the Table

I’m pretty tired of people out there demanding everything of others while they themselves bring little or nothing to the table. Then they have the audacity to complain about it. To all those people I say: do you realize how boring you are? All I see is blah blah blah, like the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons. I truly do not understand. You’ll complain about there being “no good guys” around, but what are you doing about that? Are you just sitting on your ass waiting for them to come to you? Waiting for them to make 98%+ of the effort? Why on earth should they do that? No one should have to do that. I’m so tired of doing that.

You know what? It’s tough for everyone. Have a little god damn empathy and cut people some slack. Am I perfect? Nope. But I try to bring a lot to the table. Humor. Passion. Intelligence. Understanding. What are you bringing? All I see is a list of “demands”. I know it’s probably tough for you too, and I’m sorry about that. I do what I can to make it easier. Please do what you can to make it easier for me too. That’s all I’m asking. I’ve put my ass on the line dozens, if not hundreds of times. 95%+ of the time you cut me down mercilessly. I want you to know: that hurts. No one likes being hurt. It’s time people like me stood up and said, yeah, it hurts. It hurts a lot. No one is out there defending me. I don’t belong to any special group. Think about that the next time you’re ready to cut someone down. How would you feel? I wouldn’t ever want to cause you or anyone else to feel the hurt I feel.

I want us all to be in this as understanding, compassionate equals. I don’t want this to sound like the ramblings of a bitter person. It’s hard not to feel bitter. Really, I’m mostly hurt. I feel like I’ve somehow failed. Please stop the hurt. If we all give just a little bit, we’ll get back so much more, and no one has to feel hurt.