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My neighbor is trying to bully me. It sounds ridiculous because we are both adults, but it’s the best way I can explain what she does. I don’t know what her problem is, I never even got a chance to upset her that I know of, she was unhappy with me when we met when I moved into my house three years ago.
No matter what I do, if I’m nice or rude right back to her, she is terrible. What do you do with an adult bully?
At Wits’ End
Dear Wits’ End,
There’s a lot of problems in the world, and bullies are a pretty big one, if you really take the time to think on it. Subtract all the fluff of it and you see that just about anybody who’s racist, most politicians, and them dang pop-up ads on computers are really all bullies.
The worst part about a bully is that there’s a lot of times they’re worse off than you, deep down. Bullies are mostly folks who got some deeper issues with themselves, but they’ll take it out on somebody else because they ain’t comfortable enough to look in a mirror and see their own problems, let alone do somethin about em.
Maybe a bully don’t have enough self-confidence, maybe they’ve got a complex about somethin else in their lives. Ain’t your responsibility to figure it out for em, as much as it ain’t right for you to punish yourself by dealin with em. If a neighbor can’t just be neighborly despite a sincere effort on your part, seems the best you can do is keep your distance.
My wife says I spend too much time on the computer. Let’s be real, everything is on the computer these days. She says my off time is too much screen time, too. But are computers all that bad?
The irony ain’t lost on me that I’m answerin this question… usin a computer. Truth is though, yes, computers are pretty bad. The lights mess with your eyes, your brain, your sleep… just about your whole body. All this screen time has everybody sittin too long, and not standin or movin enough, too.
I want to give you better news, but sometimes the truth hurts. Lay off the screens a bit, your wife’s got a point, and you might feel better. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m gonna take a walk, and maybe read a good old-fashioned paperback.