BAhahahahaahahaha! Didn't that sort of rankle your feathers? Especially those of you who spend lots of time blogging/reading blogs? Bah.
I once had someone who was considering my Masters Program tell me they "didn't believe in going into unnecessary debt in order to be a teacher."
That rankled (doubting that's a word...) my feathers to0, but it took me awhile to figure out why.
Answer: Because people who feel the need to validate their life choices by putting down other people are feather ranklingly annoying.
If you don't want to get a Masters degree, fine. But it doesn't mean my degree was unnecessary. If you don't want to blog, fine, but that doesn't mean it is a waste of time.
I've found though, that the most frequent offenders of this crime are women, and the most frequent victim: children. Or lack of children. Or childcare.
It seems like nobody can have a kid, want a kid, have a job and a kid, without being subject to the "I'd do that, but...." clause.
For instance, how many times have we heard this gem?
"I'd like to have a career, but I don't want to sacrifice my baby for my own ambitions."
Because working mothers are just selfish and need to feed their egos.
"I'd love to be a SAHM, but I'd think I'd go nuts! I need more in my life than just being a mom!"
Because SAHMs are just mindless drones that don't need external validation.
It's just as bad for those of us without kids.
"I thought about waiting to have kids, but I realized that having kids was the most important thing I could do, so why put it off?"
Childless people just don't have the right priorities, you know?
And people who have kids right away are just dumb.
"I was going to have a kid, but people who have them right away usually don't know what they are doing..."
We've heard it all before. Heck, maybe we've even committed the "I'd do that, but I'm so much smarter than you" crime. I admit, owning your own life choices can be hard to do.
It's still annoying.
Either get a degree, or don't. Blog. Or don't. Work at home, stay at home, go to work, have a kid. Or don't.
Remember in kindergarten when we learned that "You don't have to put someone down to bring yourself up" phrase?
Still true. I should know. I was going to be a kindergarten teacher, but........