Energy Vampires - are they real? Oh, most definitely!

What is an energy vampire you may ask, well let me enlighten you.

An energy vampire is any person that drains you, both emotionally and physically, when dealing with them in any capacity. It may be someone who makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up or just someone who you dread being around. Energy vampires are everywhere and you may even have one in your home!

Is there a customer at work, a colleague or a neighbor who you feel always takes and never gives back? This is a sign.

Do you have a friend or family member who is always out for themselves and never there when you need them? May be a vampire.

Do you cringe when you see someone but can’t figure out what it is exactly about them that makes you feel that way? It’s your body forewarning you.

What can you do about energy vampires? This one is easy to say but not always so easy to act on. Learn how to say no and learn that it is okay to not respond to an email, phone call or text.

A correspondence on your part is not an obligation on my part. (Repeat this one out loud.)

Is 2020 going to be the year of clarity and simplifying things? Wouldn’t that be nice.

Tom’s Diner in Denver (just for fun) has started adding a “stupid question charge” on their food bills. A simple charge of .38 cents will be applied if you ask something deemed stupid. Example of a stupid question? What type of fish is the filet when it is listed under the beef category. Ummm a filet mignon would be a cow fish.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could hand out tickets to people who asked really stupid questions or made stupid comments? Even though I encourage questions since that is how we learn, sometimes you just have to shake your head. When a woman’s son was bitten by a sand shark while in the ocean at North Topsail Beach years ago she said to the news reporter that if she knew there were sharks in the waters off North Carolina she never would have come here. Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t you get the memo? OMG.

Our society is getting dumber and dumber and technology is only making it worse. When I was in school we had to learn all the states and the capitols. Today, thanks to smart phones, people feel they don’t need to know the states because if they are traveling their app will tell them. Ok, that is scary. A woman from the state of New Mexico was trying to purchase tickets to an event in Atlanta, Georgia when she was told that tickets were only sold within the continental USA. Well, the ticket agent must know something we don’t.

Vampires and clarity in 2020 — sounds like a Netflix series!

Remember knowledge is power, vampires are real and be sure to laugh as often as possible, because if you don’t you may just lose your mind.

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.