Bitterness it is a taste and feeling that many know. Some people have grown accustomed to it and display it under the cute new guise of ‘Petty’.
I’ve seen it all over the internet and even in person. At first glance the throwing of shade is funny! Who does it best but Kanye. Then went it’s thrown back the crown is passed and the booty poking Amber Rose silences the crowd, then it starts again. It’s a cycle.
I don't like it because it goes against what I stand for. I don't want to see others diminish their own light. I see it so much and it's sad.
What adults are calling petty are actually hurt feelings. We can comically disguise hurt, pain, and anger behind memes and sip tea in the shade because Petty is cool. It allows people to get away with trashing another person. My question is when will it stop?
I know that our thoughts are things and that words have power. People use words unaware of the actual meaning. Claiming to be petty is not a good thing. When, how, and why did this become cool?
According to Merriam Webster means,
- Not very important or serious
- Having secondary rank or importance
- Little to no importance or significance
- Marked by or reflective of narrow interests and sympathies (i.e. small-minded)
Ironically so many women and men happily wear the ‘Petty’ badge.
I know it’s the latest lingo and is supposed to be cool, but I don’t get it. I will not walk around labeling and displaying myself as a small-minded insignificant person. As a woman of color, there are enough people and forces that try to prove our mere existence to be petty. Now we have sisters actively engaging in pettiness thinking that mess is cute.
No honey it’s not. You would know that if you valued yourself a bit more. It is so sad to see people engaging foolishness all the time. Hurt people, hurt people, now I’m seeing that a lot of these hurt people are petty people.
To each his or her own, but it’s never too late to pick up your crown.
The words we say have power, thoughts are things. When you claim petty, you are devaluing yourself and claiming to be second class and small-minded. You won’t find me on that level.
In 2016, I challenge you to level up and rise above the petty!