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My Way or The Highway

People are set in their ways. However, relationships are torn apart from lack of understanding; tolerance levels vary while some parties are overbearing and insistent on the others conforming to their desires.

Often avoiding early insistence with the approach that it’s up to you, later only to be crushed when there is any sort of reaction. “It has to be my way, or the highway!” In other words, what set out as a kind gesture, becomes an obligation, and there is no room for maneuver. Some feel their way is the right way. Fair play!


Or is it when we consider that times change. And that other obligations like work, perhaps mean arriving late to an event and being told in an aggressive fashion that you can’t be late even if it makes no difference to anyone except for your partner who expects you to fit in entirely; without any flexibility on his or her part. Then it becomes o power move to deride you.

And this is because obsessions can be patronizing. Contrary to being down to earth and in touch with modern society, some choose to be fixated in their way or the highway. But it doesn’t stop there because others who have no business with your business, stick their nose into your affairs and talk as though their way is right and also when least expected make a comment that makes you wonder why they are your friend, or even in your employment, or your boss.


The world is full of opinionated people poking into your affairs. They have to have their say because they let their emotions get the better of them. They lose track of their position or job description which doesn’t have anything to do with your personal life. Alas they think because they are with you, or work in your home, they are part of the family and therefore have the right! They basically stick their nose in your affairs!


Since moving to Brazil, I have had the opportunity to witness many occurrences concerning unorthodox know alls who think, “my way or the highway”, hence I have this message for them.


“Go to hell!”


Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Overbearing (adj) = bossy, arrogant, domineering, pompous, (ant) humble

Deride (v) = ridicule, mock, scoff, scorn, disdain, knock, put down, (ant) approve, admire

Patronizing (adj) = condescending, demeaning, belittling, superior, full of yourself, (ant) down-to-earth

Poking (n) = pushing, digging, jabbing, punching, stabbing, nudging

Unorthodox (adj) = unconventional, nonconformist, heretical, untraditional

Stick your nose into something (idiom) = to try to discover things that are not really related to you: I wish he'd stop sticking his nose into my personal life!

Know all (idiom) = a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others; a know-it-all.

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