The other day, I received my very first negative comment here on the blog. From what I understand, it's a "badge of honor" of sorts among bloggers. It MUST mean I've arrived! But it got me to thinking: what makes people feel the need to leave negative comments? Is it because they are "anonymous" behind their computer in their home and they feel like they can say whatever they want? They insult people and say anything they want that they would never dream of saying to someone face-to-face? Don't get me wrong, I didn't take it personally. I wasn't crushed when I was reading through my comments and came up on that one. I didn't take it to heart, by any means. I just couldn't believe that people go through life, cutting other people down, for absolutely no reason. Does it make them feel superior? Does it show how intelligent they are? I have trouble understanding where people are coming from when they leave anonymous hateful comments. Would you ever dream of walking up to a woman in a dressing room and tell her that the new dress she's trying on looks hideous? So what makes it any different over the Internet? Goodness people. Just be nice! We have enough negative bull-hockey going on in this world, why feel the need to cut each other down?
Here's my advice...if you feel the need to be mean to someone (Internet or otherwise) for absolutely no reason, do these things:
1. Go to Olive Garden. Eat a breadstick and gorge yourself on Italian.
2. Find a Westie puppy**. Pet it.
**If you can't find a Westie, a Goldendoodle will do in a pinch.
3. Go to Orange Leaf. Get a large cup, fill it with frozen yogurt and top it with whatever your heart desires (might I suggest Fruity Pebbles and Cap'n Crunch?). Inhale.
4. Get in your car. Pop "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey into your CD player. Roll your windows down and cruise some backroads, rocking out.
5. Come home. Choose a Disney movie. Pop some popcorn (may I recommend kettle corn? or popcorn with Buncha Crunch mixed in?). I don't care what Disney movie you pick (except "Dinosaurs." Please for the love of all things good, don't watch that).
6. Open your computer. Get on Twitter. Follow Kid President.
Last but not least (and how freaking appropriate???)....
Now, feel better? If you still feel the urge to be negative, then I guess you're just a natural meanie and the rest of us will have to deal. Just please, try to work on it.