71 Days ’til 40: If I Could Only Tell You…

12 Dec


People are polite….. well, often.  Yes, we all run across those individuals who say something so disrespectful that we fantasize about running them down with a lawnmower, but they are the exception.  We are, for the most part, a civil society that does not want to rock the boat or hurt any person’s feelings.  This is why it is so challenging, at times, for people to say what they are really thinking.  Have you ever fantasized about no longer being constrained by social mores?  What if you REALLY could say whatever you wanted to, whenever you wanted to, without having to worry about hurting a person’s feelings…….  what would be on your list?  Would any of these things be???

  1. Are you attempting to make candles in your ear?  If not, perhaps a Q-tip will help?
  2. Please control your Tasmanian devil (I mean, child)
  3. Cover your mouth when you cough, I am not interested in your sharing your germs with me.
  4. Have you thought about changing soap lately?
  5. Do you REALLY think painting your eyelids blue makes you more attractive?
  6. What statement are you trying to make?  really?
  7. It appears your watch is on “make everyone miserable by waiting for me” time.

Okay, the quotes above are not SOOOO bad, but you get the point.  Sometimes we all fantasize over saying something to another human.  Thankfully, we are such a caring species that very few of us would even begin to consider acting out our fantasies.

Today, 71 days ’til 40, I would like to ask my reader, “What are you too polite to tell?”





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26 responses to “71 Days ’til 40: If I Could Only Tell You…

  1. Another Thousand Words

    December 12, 2012 at 00:22

    Love this, 400! And sometimes I wish I could actually say all those things (and more) ALOUD! Oh, the restraint we must practice!

  2. zen city

    December 12, 2012 at 00:23

    sometimes i feel like blurting “i love you!” to random strangers . . .

    • 400daystil40

      December 12, 2012 at 23:55

      hehehe – I did that at a conference on Monday when the barista told me there was decaf available!!! 🙂

  3. buckwheatsrisk

    December 12, 2012 at 00:38

    i once knew a guy who was just like that, he had no filter at all, and man was he hurtful to everyone. there was a small part of me that admired the “ability” but it was venomous. he would go for the jugular everytime

    • 400daystil40

      December 12, 2012 at 23:54

      Yes, I can totally relate – to the admiration and the acknowledgement of how unhealthy it was as the same time.

  4. walkwiththerabbi

    December 12, 2012 at 00:53

    That I would make more progress insofar as her financial affairs are concerned, if she’d choose to simply (apparently not simple at all) fermez la bouche and stop trying to control every second of every meeting we have. We can only spend time once! I’m giving you the REALLY polite version! Hugs till next time. Shalom!!!

  5. knittingsailor

    December 12, 2012 at 10:27

    On trying to answer this question in starting to think I’m not really that polite…

  6. lifemultiplied

    December 12, 2012 at 10:45

    Twenty-one other people have liked this but no one said anything? Okay, then: First! 😉 Something I’d like to say to a certain someone but never will is, “No matter how much you try, you’ll never be able to go faster than that car in front of you.” Hey, that felt good!

  7. Lani Longshore

    December 12, 2012 at 19:45

    Oh, the wretched child and constantly being late comments would head up my list!

  8. simon7bankss

    December 13, 2012 at 12:56

    There are people who because of unusual mental wiring or brain damage do just what you suggest. It’s also noticeable that many frail old people feel they can say and do whatever they like because people will be constrained by their obvious vulnerability from responding sharply.

    What do I not say? You smell. You have verbal diarrhea. Your poem is embarrassingly trite. Do you actually try hard to foul things up? You are talking in sterotypes and jargon and I suspect you don’t know what you’re talking about (OK, I might possibly say that in a slightly toned-down version, but not when I was employed and it was a senior officer talking). I’m not the least interested in the monarchy (to an ardent monarchist). I formed the wrong impression of you initially because of your accent/car/clothes/pushing in front of me/interrupting me/political views, but you actually seem quite human. This meal you have just cooked is unpalatable (unless I paid for it).

    Wow. I do actually sometimes like people and what they’re doing.

    • 400daystil40

      December 13, 2012 at 21:36

      I do actually sometimes like people too! Scary when that happens! 😛 You made me laugh with your great comments???

    • Julie

      December 14, 2012 at 18:15

      My filterless communication is not so witty, but I like yours.

      • 400daystil40

        December 16, 2012 at 00:04

        Thank you!

      • simon7bankss

        December 16, 2012 at 19:17

        Well, yes, there’s unspoken road rage: You *******! You ******* ****! One day, perhaps, our brains will be in instant communication with an illuminated sign above the car. This would be useful for conveying messages like YOU’VE BEEN INDICATING LEFT FOR THE PAST TEN MINUTES or SORRY, MY FAULT but also for the messages above.

  9. mskatykins

    December 14, 2012 at 15:43

    Sometimes I just don’t understand the way people behave!

  10. Julie

    December 14, 2012 at 18:13

    Unfortunately, so far, not a lot. Not sure I have that filter installed, or correctly if it’s there.


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