I highly doubt I’m the only person to say this… even though I come from a family that cares about complaining.
If you ever make the mistake of telling them about something that has been always ailing you, you’re about to get an extra long lecture about how terrible their concerns are.
You won’t get any advice from them. There’s no way that your concerns can begin to compare to how difficult their lives are. It doesn’t even matter if you’re talking because you lost your job or because your spouse left you – somehow it’ll be worse on their end. Not too long ago, my Dad legitimately could not quit calling me to tell me all about how exhausting the weather conditions had been in his area. He was completely heated up about the outdoor heat and humidity, and he was releasing some of the warmth by venting directly at me. He kept saying how the air conditioner device was running nonstop but it wasn’t cooling down the household. He completely insisted that he had never been so hot and uncomfortable in his entire life and he was starting to freak out. He basically just wanted to turn off the central cooling device, despite the fact that he was scared that he would instantly overheat. Instead, he felt something like a victim because now he was facing the reality of paying for high energy bills after all of this hot weather and AC usage. He completely rambled on and on about his heat and indoor cooling concerns, with no input on my part. I knew there was no actual point in reminding him that AC is overpriced and the heat and humidity was bad… but they did not certainly compare to my experience living in Costa Rica without AC for the past couple of years.