I totally doubt I’m the only person who has ever said this… although I come from a family that enjoys grumbling.
- If you ever make the awful mistake of telling them about something that has been ailing you, you’re about to get an hour long lecture about how brutal their issues are.
You won’t get any advice from them. There’s no way that your issues can be worse than their lives are. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking because you lost your task or because your husband left you – somehow it’ll be so much worse on their end. Recently, my mom particularly could not stop calling me to inform me about how awful the temperature had been in her area! She was severely heated up about the outdoor heat plus humidity, plus she was releasing some of the warmth by venting it all straight at me. She kept telling me that the a/c equipment was running constantly but it wasn’t cooling down the property. She insisted that she had never been so sizzling plus miserable in her whole life plus she was starting to freak out about the situation. She wanted to turn off the central cooling equipment, although she was scared that she would instantaneously overheat. Instead, she felt sort of like a victim because now she was facing the reality of paying for her expensive energy bill after all of this sizzling weather plus AC equipment usage. She rambled on plus on about her heat plus indoor cooling equipment issues, with no input on my part. I definitely knew there was no point in reminding her that AC is extremely costly plus her heat plus humidity were bad… but they didn’t actually compare to my daily experience residing in Costa Rica separate from AC for many years.