Optimism and enthusiasm don’t come easily to everyone. And that’s even more true now, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, where loneliness and perpetual boredom threaten to overtake everyone on a daily basis. But some people are still finding ways to discover joy in whatever small ways that they can, and if your instinct is to stomp all over that, it just might be time to ask yourself…am I the a—hole?
Of course, that’s exactly what r/AmITheAssh*le is here for, and some Donnie Downer posed the question to the community earlier this week after being annoyed that his girlfriend got excited about ducks.
“My girlfriend (29) is a very lively and energetic person,” the post reads. “But sometimes her behavior is really annoying me (33). She wants me to share her joy for little meaningless things up to 5 times a day. It’s tiring.” What’s tiring is this post. Already. Really dude?
You can’t be chill with your girlfriend being excited about life? It doesn’t get any better.
The original poster goes on to complain about a hike he and his girlfriend went on the other day, during which she constantly expressed her appreciation for nature, pointing out tall grass, baby ducks, and a gorgeous view. But Mr. Grumpy Pants couldn’t stomach her joy.
“I just wanted to exercise and get the hike done as quick as possible,” he complained. “I don’t want to give her that attention and the things she is pointing out don’t make me happy. They mean nothing to me.”
Obviously, he opted to speak up and tell her to quiet down, and it didn’t go over too well.
Now he doesn’t understand why on earth his girlfriend is avoiding him. Gosh, can’t think of any good reasons.
Not only was Reddit unimpressed with this douche, but the whole thing was so annoying that it even migrated over to Twitter for even more people to rip him apart.
And yes, the OP did make things even worse in the comments.
In his original post, he places some of the blame on his girlfriend’s family, because they are apparently also enthusiastic about life and “exactly where her behavior comes from.” But when somebody called him an asshole, he followed up by claiming it’s a problem with “mostly women,” and insisting he prefers to talk about “more important things like finances, politics or gaming and not about some ducks.”
Sorry bro, the verdict is in. You’re definitely the assh*le. Please, set your girlfriend free.