YCCMB Posted November 13, 2012 Share Posted November 13, 2012 It's odd, really. Over the summer I was involved in a conversation with a reasonably close friend, who has offended a number of people of late by speaking her mind. She said that she felt she'd reached a stage in her life where she was "allowed" to do so, because she no longer cared what people thought, but felt she was getting old enough not to have to tolerate things which she found intolerable.I'm no spring chicken myself, but she's 15 years older, and her attitude appalled me. I agree that with age comes an increasing inclination towards grumpiness, but I do think there's a fine line between that and rudeness, and I hope it's a line I can manage not to cross. I really cannot reconcile all these "older" people who complain about the lack of manners in the younger generation, yet have no compunction about being as rude as they like as though their age confers upon them the right to do so. Whatever happened to leading by example?I agree it's hard, sometimes. I also agree that occasionally something needs to be (and SHOULD be) said. Most of the time, however, it's none of our collective business, and it's probably better to simply count to however many it takes until the blood pressure returns to normal. The older you get, the more the adage "life's too short" applies to wasting time getting exercised about other people. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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