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The Awful Truth

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I imagine that most of you reading this will know me on twitter as @NettieWriter and some of you will have given me a #FollowFriday or #WriterWednesday recommendation. I always appreciate these, even though I may not personally reply to each one. Many of my shout-outs tell others how ‘really nice’ I am and I constantly feel a fraud and a charlatan when I am so recommended.

We tend only to show our good sides to others online and while I am sure that not everyone who comes across as sweet and caring on twitter is the angel they appear, I should set the matter straight for my own dishonesty. Here are the top ten reasons I am not really nice.

  1. I shout. A lot. I get very frustrated with myself always being sore, tired and foggy and often take it out on those around me. I don’t mean to, but before I can stop myself I can hear the harridan inside screaming at my family.
  2. I give my mother dog’s abuse. Yes, I have my reasons for being so frustrated with her and giving her such a hard time, but she is old now and really knows no better. I should be a better person about it but I am frequently not.
  3. I am greedy. I can quite happily sit and eat two bags of crisps in a row. I often do it from boredom, often for comfort, rarely because I’m just hungry.
  4. I have shoplifted in the past. OK, I didn’t mean to, but… It was a Christmastime several years ago. I went into a well-known High Street shop to do my shopping. I was laden with a basket filled with Christmas goodies and had to carry a gift set (with a handy ribbon handle) in my other hand. The hand that was hidden by the coat I carried over my arm – shopping malls are awfully warm places, aren’t they? I went to the cashier, had a conversation about how sad it was that people would steal from shops and that something should be done about it, paid for my goods and left. It wasn’t until I was leaving the shopping centre that I noticed the unpaid for gift set in my hand. By this time I was too nervous and embarrassed to go back with it – would they believe it had all been a mistake? I doubt I would – so I went back to the car as quickly as I could. I gave the gift to its intended recipient and feel guilty about it still.
  5. If a salesperson makes a mistake in my change in my favour, I don’t always return it. If it’s pounds and pounds, it gets handed back. If it’s a smaller amount and a small, independent retailer, it gets handed back. But if it’s a high street store and not too much….
  6. We all get cut up on the roads. Driving in the north east of Scotland is frequently a nightmare. I have never encountered such bad driving elsewhere in the UK. But does that excuse me for shouting at the offending driver that I hope his car blows up? I thought not.
  7. I have had ‘friends’ in the past who demanded a lot of my time. They constantly moaned about their lot in life, even though they were the author of their own misery. One spent like a sailor yet complained how unfair it all was. Every other facebook post was about wanting to win the lottery. Eventually I decided ‘Enough’ and cut her loose. I tried to explain to her how I felt, how draining her behaviour was to me – she had no family and didn’t seem to understand that mine had to come before patting her back – again – but to no avail. So, I had to be blunt and tell her I didn’t want to hear from her again. She kept coming back, wheedling away until telling her to bugger off was the only thing left to do. I always have time for friends in trouble, friends who know they can rely on me when things are bad. But this woman was dragging me down and I was getting ill over her constant demands. She kept on taking and never gave any emotional support to me. Still, I wasn’t very nice to her.
  8. When cutting a cake at home, I sometimes keep the largest portion for myself. Perhaps this should be included as another example of my greed?
  9. There are a few Big Issue sellers in our local small town but I never buy from the one who smokes and looks like he likes a good drink. Surely charity shouldn’t be selective?
  10. 10.  I edited this list to leave out the really horrid bits: kitty-kicking, baby-bashing, etc.

So, now you know the awful truth, do you still think I’m that ‘really lovely’ person on twitter?
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16 thoughts on “The Awful Truth

  1. Oh dear yes! You’re human! You’re also incredibly supportive, kind, talented & funny. 🙂
    You should hear mine, except it would take too long. My worst two: when i get wound up I shout way too loud at my children and can get very unreasonable with them; and I see so much wrong with the works yet don’t make the courage or effort to stand up for change that i know I should. And a hundred other things!

    You’re fabulous, and we love you.

  2. With perhaps the exception of the shoplifting incident (but I can see how easily that could happen!), your crimes against humanity are trivial – I think we’re all guilty of them at one time or another – and you haven’t convinced me you’re anything but a lovely person. Nice try, but it didn’t work!

  3. I think you’re lovely, and the above just reveals a bit of the cheekier side that my wife always tells me about you anyway 😉

    Long may we continue to know (even if only virtually) the kind-hearted, good humoured Nettie!

  4. You are still the warmhearted human person I thought you were!! I identfy with many of the points on your list, but hey all we can do is our best and acknowledge when we dont manage it…. hopefully learn from it………… eventually.

    Jackie xxxx

  5. You know, in my house, when one person cuts the cake or breaks the cookie in half or what have you, the OTHER person chooses first. 😉

    I think it shows a remarkable bit of self-awareness that you can make this list at all. Self-aware people tend to be very pleasant, I’ve found. I’ve never read your blog until today, but I will have to return. I like self-aware people and am striving to become one myself. 🙂 Most likely, the friend you mention above could not give a list of 10 reasons she is a horrible person.

    I think your list proves that you are remarkably human and blissfully flawed. Just like the rest of us. 🙂


  6. I think you are absolutely lovely. Nothing in your list changes that. In fact a lot of it makes me think you’re even lovelier. I am sure a lot of us could have written a lot of those points (and much much worse) too.

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