Hello, my name is Taylor, and I have an undeniable, chronic problem with intolerance.

I’m not ashamed to admit it, and in fact, it makes for great dinner table conversation. I’ve slowly added to my laundry list of annoyances over the years—a collection I’ve grown quite fond of.

It doesn’t take much to really push my buttons. I suppose my problem began as a child when even then everything had to be just so and in its proper place—in my terms, anyway.

Among the list of my annoyances, I’ve always been a fiend of anything sticky. Tape, glue, popsicle residue—you name it. And the worst? The extra tacky floors at the movie theaters. It makes me nauseous every time.

Speaking of movie theaters, one of the most infuriating experiences of going to see movies is the uneccesary jibber-jabber from two rows behind me. I swear there’s two middle-aged women that follow me to every film I see, expressing their own verbal footnotes about Hugh Jackman’s fantastic abs that I DON’T CARE TO HEAR. I’ve paid good money to watch the film without the commentary, thank you very much.

What’s another thing I hate? Wife-beaters. You know, those clingy, sleeveless shirts guys wear? Nasty.

Don’t even get me started on slow people. No, I don’t mean slow in the head—physically sluggish and unhurried folks. Let me tell you, I’ve gotten to exercise this hate plenty of times while attending Tyler Junior College. Why must the slowest individuals trudge right in the middle of the walkway, swag and all? Some days, I wish I had a lawn mower…

What else bothers me? People who don’t care about their education. While not everyone is cut out for college, we are ALL given the same opportunity. Take it and use it. Dropping out or just not going are no excuses to live off my hard-earned income in the future.

However, the pest that bothers me the most is for sure fake people. I’ve encountered them all my life, and I can spot one a mile away. Unfortunately, many of my friends, I realized, turned out that way, and I fled the other direction. Their insincerity, pettiness and painted-on smile are the bane of my existence.

There are many other points I could elaborate on, but I’m afraid I would have absolutely no friends afterwards.

Looking back, the fact that we add things we hate as we discover them throughout life in a way allows us to explore ourselves. It gives deeper insight into what makes us tick and highlights everything else we love. In that respect, I value my list.

The first step to recovery is acknowledging that one has a problem, but in my case, I see no reason stop the hatin’ now. I’m on a roll.


  1. This is a good article. I agree with your statement about the extremely annoying people constantly talking throughout the movie making hard for me to focus on what I paid to see. It is good to realize and point out the things you like and dislike. Many people just go with the flow and after all their so called friends leave and move on with life they are stuck not knowing what they want out of their life.

  2. I enjoyed reading your article, but was disturbed how you were so critical about EVERYTHING. I will agree with you about haters and finding out about fake people, but as far as wearing wife beaters, I absolutely love them, and know several people that wear them and none of them are nasty. But again everyone has there own opinion. I would like to say that it seem that you are a very motivated individual and high-five for that but you don’t have to be so judgmental because everyone isn’t as motivated and on track as you appear to be. And on my opinion if you have been annoyed by every little that as it states clearly in your paragraph, maybe that’s the real reason you don’t have any real friends. Try looking at the person in the mirror first, before you pass judgment. Was not trying to offend you at anyway, but had to put my two cents in

  3. I really enjoyed this article, it comes off a little negative but I think it’s safe to say that is your point here. I think you are a very good visual writer, your point about the people talking in the movie theater is something that instantly brought me into a crowded theater. I like your honesty, it flows throughout this piece.

  4. I agree with your short list whole heartedly! I would add one addendum to the slow walkers… People who stop to talk right in the middle of the sidewalk or in the hallway. MOVE OFF TO THE SIDE!!!!! 🙂


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