Pet Peeves

Water Haters

If you want to know a sentence that you can utter to make me automatically judge the type of human being you are, try this one on for size: “I don’t like the taste of water”. There are so many things wrong with this statement that I don’t know where to begin. It sends my mind reeling and truly baffles me.

Please do me, you, and Mother Earth (love you, gurl!) a favour and don’t even go there. Like, I’m sorry? Your body is 70% H2O. It needs water to function – from your immune system to your digestive tract to your skin, water is where it’s at. Don’t get me wrong – y’all know I love my diet soda and iced coffee like anyone else. But I also realise the importance of proper hydration and am not trying to get kidney stones, either. Water balances the electrolytes in your body, removes impurities and basically without it, you die.

I don’t even really get the argument about not liking the “taste” of water – after all, it has a neutral taste at “worst” (unless you’re drinking some contaminated junk) and a delicious one at best. There’s nothing tastier than a tall glass of ice cold water on a hot day, I don’t care what you say.

Also, bottled water is for chumps. Of course, if you’re at the airport or out and about, you may need to grab a SmartWater or something to take with you. But generally, if you live in the US, chances are that you’re lucky enough to have access to clean, safe tap water. That probably doesn’t seem like a luxury but really is. Lots of countries are still fighting to provide safe drinking water to its citizens, which is insane, if you think about it. The fact that we have an unlimited supply of this vital liquid that won’t give us cholera or any other bacterial infection is something to be thankful for.

This is a pet peeve that I didn’t even realise I cared so much about until I started writing this. Theoretically it shouldn’t even bother me as much as it does, especially since I fancy myself a “live and let live” type of girl. But I’ve become one of those bizarre converts to the power of water since I started drinking more of it myself. Seriously, guys – don’t be a clown, drink it down! (I just made that up, so don’t try to steal it.)

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