I do roll my eyes at some outward displays of pride.
I have a particularly strong reaction to the bumper stickers: "My child is an honor student" and the flippant response "My child beat up your honor student." Both make me cringe a little (the latter more than the former, of course).
We are, it seems, all inflicted with the same diseases: pride and passion.
Fortunately or unfortunately, we're not all passionate about the same things.
That leaves us with three choices
Option one sounds like the least conflict-inducing, but mine would be a mighty lonely world if I were only friends with globe-trotting runners. Similarly, I suspect non-runners would miss out on a lot if they refused to be friends with anyone who ever ran a 5k.
While I don't and won't talk all about running all the time (so I suppose I do practice a bit of option 2), I would hope that my friends and colleagues would accept my recreational endeavors the way I accept their love of knitting, baking, bike-riding, or repairing classic cars. If it makes them happy, it makes me happy. (Just don't expect me to go hang gliding with you...)
So... I'm strongly leaning toward option three.
I will curtail my eye rolls over the honors student bumper stickers. I will suspend my beliefs about the healthful benefits of being outdoors for those who dedicate hours of their day to MMGS . And those t-shirts that proudly announce where you've been, where you're from, or where you want to go? Right on!
We all have a right to be proud of the things we're passionate about.
Let's just accept it and move on.
What's a pet-peeve you have?
What's one you'd like to let go of?