Bad days suck. They hit you hard sometimes out of the blue and make you grumpy. Then you get grumpy at someone else, and they get grumpy at someone else, and so on.
Anything can happen that makes you have a bad day. Maybe the guy driving beside you has a lime green car and you hate limes because of a bad tequila experience in Mexico. Perhaps the sun is out and you threw on a pair of jeans this morning, and the chafing is making you uncomfortable as you walk down the street. Or your best friend is touting about how great their life is and you are swimming in a mountain of debt. Any or all of these combined can put you over the edge and cause a bad day.
There’s been times where I’ve come home from work and the cloud of leave-me-the-hell-alone is hanging over me. Work is work. Most days are ok, and you go through the motions and come home leaving everything behind. Sometimes there’s one person at work that just rubs you the wrong way and you can’t shake it off no matter what. I’m 100% sure I’ve been that person to a few coworkers. Not intentionally mind you, but the vibe after an interaction is definitely there.
I don’t need to be liked. I’m not looking for validation from people to make my existence mean something. Be it at work or out there in the rest of the world, I’m not seeking hundreds of friends. Calling me names or trying to lower my self worth doesn’t affect me like it did when I was younger. I can accept that people need to vent, so go ahead and say what you want to me, I’m a grown up.
Oftentimes I don’t go out of my way to be a dick… Yes, I can be as childish as the next person and do something stupid or say something mean just to piss them off. It’s in our nature. But being smart enough to stop myself before I do it, or strong enough to admit when I was wrong is what I strive for in those situations. I’m a better person for having control over my feelings and being able to sense when someone else is just spouting words that they feel need to be said.
We all have bad days. We just need to learn to deal with them as grown ups.