I choose to use "it" instead of "she" when describing what drives me crazy because it provides me with more potential sources of irritation. In fact, sometimes I have to use "it" because I don’t know who or what has irritated me (at least not right away). When I figure it out, sometimes it's a particular person. Sometimes I share the wealth by allowing a group of people to irritate me. Sometimes it's no one in particular. In fact, sometimes I'm the source or my own irritation. I like to think I'm an equal opportunity person. Everyone and everything can drive me crazy.
If you’re like me, sometimes you can sense that you're getting irritated before you actually pinpoint the source. Sometimes you get irritated quickly and sometimes it takes a while before you are officially annoyed. Depending on the situation and your personality type, once you realize there's a problem you either try to keep from showing your irritation (use your poker face) or show that irritation and deal with the consequences right away. Sometimes the decision about how to respond to a situation is made for you, like when a third party walks into a room just as you're about to say something. Sometimes you decide on one course of action only to have it change. For example, sometimes I have the urge to give someone a piece of my mind only to discover that I've already lost my mind and there's nothing left to give.
Problems with the Process
The process for dealing with life's irritations is not clear cut. You have to:
Beyond Your Control
Being in a situation that is beyond your control can drive you crazy even faster than a situation that is within your control. Ironically, in a post about being driven crazy, my irritation is not being able to drive a car. Fortunately, my ability to drive other people crazy is still intact.
My epilepsy and not being seizure free for the required amount of time to be be able to drive are my sources of irritation. Tied to that is my irritation that drivers to understand the feeling of loss when a driver's licence is taken away.
When you can't drive, you can never:
Here are some suggestions for putting the brakes on being driven crazy:
Remember that your response to irritation is more important than the source. If you don't deal with your emotions a little bit at a time, all the anger and frustration that you bottle up inside will come out when you least expect it. Take control of how you reach your destination.
Over 30-years of writing experience, about 10 years as a cancer survivor, and a lifetime purveyor of wit and laughter.
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