You Dared Me, so I Bit.

Thanks, Misty and Courtney, you’ve made making lists of unpopular opinions popular.

Karen Schwartz
11 min readMay 31, 2022
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I am a wimp. According to Merriam-Webster’s definition, it’s “a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person. I fit the description. So when discussing unpopular opinions, I’d usually say, don’t come to me. I fear rocking the status quo. And sorry, folks, but I don’t want to hear your political views or religious beliefs if they don’t align with mine. I’m into loving gestures, not acts of dissent. But fear not, dear readers, for this article isn’t all lovey-dovey. I’m breaking my own rules because I love a good prompt.

Inspired by articles written by Misty Rae and Courtney Capone, I’m shedding my blanket of comfort to reveal my list of unpopular opinions. Although many of you will argue I’ve only tiptoed into muddy water, I agree, but we all must start somewhere. So, here is my list in no particular order. Can anyone relate?

1. They should ban cell phones on buses.

I know you think you are the center of the universe and that what you say matters, but I hate to burst your bubble. Not everything you say is something that everyone wants to hear. Unlike you, when I’m riding the bus — or any public form of transportation — I mind my business, and I expect you to do the same. I’m disinterested in hearing about your day or problems as you talk to your friend, especially when you need to talk over the engine’s rumble or the other passengers. Your words are meaningless and invade my personal space. So, let me warn you. If we ever cross paths on a bus and you insist on talking loudly on your phone, I will insinuate myself into your conversation. And let’s be clear, it’s by your unintentional invitation, but I believe it’s my right. Steal my peace, and I’ll rob you of your privacy. Let’s face it — fair is fair.

2. I don’t like drunks — even happy ones.

Let’s begin by understanding I’m not heartless. I recognize alcoholism is an illness and not within everyone’s control, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy being around you. Your spastic behaviours and unfiltered dialogue scare me. It’s a trigger from my childhood living with a disabled parent whose illness…



Karen Schwartz

Fictional writer, poet and personal essayist, kindness specialist, and lover of chocolate. Top writer in creativity.