Good morning, you marvellous creature. How’s your Friday going?
Our society is obsessed with the concepts of heroism and villainy. Specifically in terms of celebrity culture, we like to be told who to admire and who to abhor. I have a massive problem with celebrity culture in general, because I think that it’s pointless at best and incredibly offensive at worst to speculate on the lives of people we’ll never know. It makes far more sense to look closer to home to find things that we can aspire to or avoid, and to surround ourselves with people who make our heroes list. Here are a few examples of the goodies and baddies we are most likely to come across in life:
- The git who doesn’t give up their seat for a pregnant woman on public transport. How is that even a thing that happens? It’s ludicrous.
- The person who doesn’t care who they hurt. I’ve known a guy to cheat on one of my closest friends with one of my other closest friends, and the audacity of that still makes me livid, even years later. Seriously, don’t poo where you eat. Or where you socialise, I guess. In fact, pooing anywhere other than the traditionally designated facilities is just not cool.
- The person who never says please or thank you. That drives me up the flipping wall. Someone bring me a stepladder, please; my rage is preventing me from getting back down to the floor.
- The person who just doesn’t give a flying fig about you. Why do we put up with people who never listen to what we say, ask us questions about ourselves or show any concern for our welfare? This covers a whole spectrum of asshats from story-toppers to emotionally abusive partners. People who only want you around as an audience do not deserve you. You are not just a spectator.
- The moron who likes to shit-stir. Why would anyone get a kick out of inventing harmful computer viruses, upsetting their friends or creating vicious rumours? I don’t understand. Incidental Schadenfreude is one thing, but intentionally creating distress for absolutely no reason is just evil. Villainous, you might say.
- Single parents. Those guys are hands down the bravest, most hard-working and incredible people we will ever meet. Whenever I get depressed about my responsibilities and worries I think about how much my single parent friends have to deal with, and feel a bit ashamed of myself.
- People who fight their fears. Like lots of people, my way of dealing with stuff that I’m afraid of is to simply run away from it and refuse to fix the issue. When I climbed Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh I went with a friend who, as far as I knew, simply loved climbing and always had. However, I found out that he only took up climbing to confront his fear of heights, which is pretty incredible to me. People who can challenge themselves like that are definitely to be respected.
- People who always care. One of my friends is the loveliest, gentlest and most compassionate person I know. She also has absolutely no luck when it comes to health and family problems, but that never stops her from caring about what’s going on with me. Isn’t it amazing to have someone in your life who doesn’t let their problems prevent them from loving you?
- People who pursue their passion. A lot of my friends are creative types, and I am bowled over every day by how hard they work and how much they sacrifice in order to achieve their dreams.
- People who can get over a heartbreak. If you’ve ever had your heart broken and have recovered from it, you are an undisputed hero. Go get yourself a cape.
Have a brilliant weekend.