Today’s prompt: What’s something that bothers you or weighs on you? Write it down. Now – as best you can – let it go.
There are insensitive, uninformed people in this world and there’s not much I can do about it. Something that really gets under my skin is when people spout information as if it were gospel when it is anything but truthful. There may be a grain of truth in their statement but it is surrounded by so much BS that it gets lost.
This irritation is not limited to just one topic; it rears its ugly head indiscriminately. I may read an article online and then, like an idiot, I read some of the comments that people leave regarding the article. I should know better than to do that. People feel free to say just about anything while they are hiding behind their monitors. An article about politics or politicians begets rants from the opposing view without even acknowledging that the article may actually have a valid point. Information about type 2 diabetes brings on hateful, hurtful comments like “it’s just because they are fat slobs” or “go whine about your troubles to someone who cares”. It matters not what the subject is, there will always be someone who spews hate and misinformation.
Depending on my mood at the time I run across said idiots, I may actually respond and try to enlighten them. This is nothing but a waste of time. You see, you can’t change someone’s mind when they are adamant that they are correct. Close minded people will remain close minded. Bigots will remain bigots. Political and religious fanatics are just that, fanatics. It’s been my experience that a fanatic’s ears are deaf to opposing ideas.
Now let me insert here, before you begin to think that I’m just a two-faced fanatic myself, that I don’t feel it necessary to hammer my own ideas into someone. Instead I feel more inclined to ask people to calm down and realize that there is more than one way to look at a situation; more than one side to each and every story. Possibly they should do a bit of research before spouting hate and allowing their ignorance to multiply. People should be more open-minded.
What can I do about this frustration that I have? Well first, I can just stop reading comments after articles. After that I suppose I just need to let it go. I can’t change the world. I can’t fix everything. I’m far from an expert on any one thing, that’s for sure. There is, however, one way I can combat the ignorance surrounding type 2 diabetes. I can do my best to share information about the condition and how to deal with it day in and day out. I can answer people’s questions to the best of my ability and steer them toward websites where they can get accurate information. I can dispel the false rumors through information and by living the good life as a person with diabetes. I can teach by example. I can make a difference in this one area and that feels good.
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J