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What Is Your Limit?

June 9, 2022

We all have to accept a certain amount of aggravation in life. It cannot be avoided. However each of us has a limit of how much nonsense we will accept.

Me, I used to be in the middle somewhere. My Catholic and Tirolean upbringing taught me to turn the other cheek and have patience with everybody and everything. On the whole, I suppose it worked well enough for me for most of my life. Yes, I would blow-up at times but for the main, I was even tempered and accepted all most of the BS that was thrown at me from time to time.

However, age does funny things to a person. After about the age of 55, I started being less and less able to handle aggravation, especially of the bureaucratic kind. It started off slowly and built into the limit I have today, which is practically zero. I have become bullshit intolerant. Let me explain.

To be sure, my BS quotient was elevated by moving to Italy years ago. Here people are expected to put up and shut up. That never really was my style to start with so I found that putting up with total nonsense was actually having the reverse affect. Some things like closing all stores each Monday, Thursday afternoon and between the hours of noon and 3:30 just don’t make any sense so my frustration slowly grew. If I was a kid of 20, I suppose I would have simply gone to sleep for those three and a half hours but again, I’m not a kid.

When I moved back to the states several years ago, I found that I had the same intolerance for nonsense there as well. Why did I have to pay for utilities all year when I spent half that time in Italy? Why couldn’t a millennial at the market make change without a smart phone to guide them through it?  Why had everything doubled in price in my absence? Why did my bank have to run me through Interpol just to buy a house? All of these questions and many more finally took their toll to the point where my patience was nil.

When you combine such things with the need to see doctors way more often, you become a little grumpy to put it delicately. I have found my limit and it is precisely zero.

So what is your limit?

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  1. There is certainly a lot of BS to put up with today, and most of it I view as stuff I HAVE to put up with. That doesn’t mean I think it’s right.

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  2. sugarplum39 permalink

    On a scale of 1-10, my tolerance is zero or lessen

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  3. The problem is not what we are willing to put up with but the fact no one says anything about the rubbish they put up with. We all need to get a little louder. I have found my tolerance with nonsense decreasing at an alarming rate.

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