In the Pink
As someone who has been tagged with this description (including, on occasion, the "annoying" part), I wonder at our desire to find a gene for everything. I certainly get it that some folks have personalities that are sunny or are, simply, optimists. They see the silver lining in clouds and the glass is always half full instead of half empty. Is this really genetic? Or does labeling something "genetic" give an opinion or general observation the added weight of biological scientific backup?
What's the difference between and among our genetic makeup, our tendencies, our personalities? What part does the nature vs nurture argument play? (There is a field of study called personality genetics, which speaks to this question, in, naturally, a scientific way.) Are we the way we are solely because of the way our genes tell our brains to work? Or does our environment and personal history have any bearing on our tending towards being either a Tigger or an Eyeore? Is there a quota so that humanity is not too much in one camp or the other?
And while we ponder that, it seems that half-full people annoy half-empty people and (to a lesser extent) vice versa. I have noticed how much more frequently people talk about being annoyed since I've become an adult. Is this new, or am I just now noticing? When I was growing up, going around talking about being annoyed by everything was not really kosher, at least around my house. We were supposed to put up with each other without a great deal of complaint - that's what family and friends do. Perhaps we suffered in silence. Whereas our kids feel free to admit how annoying just about everything and everybody is or can be. They get annoyed at school and at home and on the internet. Lots of things are annoying, as it turns out. Who knew?
I can't say that I am frequently annoyed. Maybe that's because I'm an optimist, a glass half-full, sunny personality type. Or maybe it's because I was taught not to be annoyed - or at least not to verbalize my annoyance - as a child. Hmmm.
At any rate, we are all made in the image of God. Even when we are at our most annoying.