“I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.”
- Jane Wagner
Somewhere in the 90s during the whole grunge era the world started to change. I believe political correctness got a hold of this country and kids playing little league stopped being able to keep score. Just like in Vegas the world is wonderful, magical place and everyone is a winner. So why is that 2008 felt like such a Sunday morning after a night of partying? Y2K did not happen and everyone opened up the champagne and started to party like it was 1999 into the 2000s… the new millennium. Sure there was the fight at the neighbors house that made everyone gawk at the police taking everyone in, but then the party continued.
When we started to wake up from the party, we saw that there were new rules on our block. Now everyone wanting to enter our block had to go through metal detectors and have their shoes examined. It did not make a difference for our block being secured, but it sure made everyone feel better… or more annoyed. We are all still trying to decide. Maybe the TV will tell us how to feel. Maybe we should let the news tell us that everything is ok “status quo.” Why institute radical change when the slow change in giving up our personal liberties for a false sense of security is so much better.
We have been programmed to think everything is ok, and just saying it makes it so. Go buy a new car and it will make everything ok. Here is 600 dollars that will help our economy, go spend it. We are safe now that cannot bring liquids into the plane… oh wait, did anyone notice that bomb components keep on getting by TSA like they are UPS trying to deliver a “package”?
I have seen real poverty and know what hunger does to people. Trust me when I say that desperation makes good people do bad things. I did not just watch some commercial on late night TV asking me to sponsor a child, I saw those children with own eyes. Now that I hopefully have your attention let me say what I have been building up. Even though I have seen all of that, and plenty of other things that many of you will probably don’t even want to talk about, it does not give me a magical flying pony where I can look down upon everyone while I sprinkle fairy guilt.
Last year sucked. Having bad days at work suck. Having surgery sucked. Having vertigo sucks. Trying to hold back puke from the anesthesia sickness while you do not want to tear your just patched together eardrum is scary and SUCKS! So spare me your, be glad you are alive, last year was great, at least can hear now because it is O.K. to complain, and we complain to be heard and hopefully be comforted by people that care about us, not to be told someone else has it worse than you. I still have not met a person that has it worse than the kids in India that by birth are made to clean poo all day.
Some people think that because I have a “glass half full attitude” I don’t have the right to complain. Well, reality check people! I do have a lot to rant about and will continue to do so because this is MY BLOG and I hold complete editorial power… well not complete, Bea and Daniel both have the power to edit my posts and at times even make me sound smarter.
If something in your life is not going great, complain about, being realistic is not a synonym of being pessimistic. Sure, it is great to have a plan, but we have to formulate a problem before we try to solve. So save your empty positivism about last year or the state of the economy or whatever it is that you want to counter my complaining with. Trust me, I am one of the most positive people you will ever find, and even when I have been at my worse I have not forgotten to smile. So go ahead and let it out! Complain!