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There comes a time when you can only tolerate so much, and honestly, I’m at my breaking point. 

One of the things I’ve discovered during my time in Lubbock is how many incredibly kind people there are in this city. So many citizens will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and lend a helping hand, and it’s something you don’t often find in larger cities around the United States.  

When you grow up in or near a large city like I did, you get used to a certain type of stuck-up and rude person. These people think their way is the only right way and that anyone that disagrees with them is wrong. They always find something to be upset about and they will never truly be happy unless everyone does exactly what they want, when they want it.  

Since moving to Lubbock, I haven’t had to deal with too many of these types of characters, but my luck seemed to change over the past couple of weeks. I’ve had too many encounters in such a short time with some incredibly conceded, rude and plain disrespectful people, that I’m fed up.  

I’m typically a patient and forgiving person, but when you keep getting pushed around, there’s only so much you can take. I’m sure most of you who are reading this are amazing people that feel my pain when dealing with stuck-up people. However, if you’re reading this and you think that everyone is always against you, that no one is as smart as you or you can’t handle it when anyone says anything that goes against your plan, listen up. 

You're not the only person that matters in this world. You might consider yourself a "great leader" because of how outspoken you are, but in reality, you are the furthest thing from it.

My father, who many people consider to be a great leader, taught me something very important growing up: a great leader listens to those around them, taking their opinions, life experiences and skills into consideration, and then helps guide the group in the right direction. Diminishing others until they submit to your plan is not a sign of leadership. 

If you’re reading this and are worried that these things apply to you, they most likely don’t. It's typically the people who never think there's anything wrong with them that truly act this way.  

So, if you think none of this applies to you, then you probably need to hear this the most:  

Shutting down someone else’s idea or being passive-aggressive when you don’t get your way is not something to be proud of. Take a deep look inside yourself and think about those around you instead of thinking you have to be the center of everything. Because believe me, the world doesn’t revolve around you no matter how much you think it should.  

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