Scenario: someone complains about how bad their first world problems are, and then someone else in the conversation has to one-up them by having the same first world problems to a different degree. Every time.
You know what I’m talking about. It’s everywhere.
No. 1: Facebook posts:
Whiny status: “Ugh, work until 10:00 pm. Long day today.”
Sassy Comment A: “Don’t wanna hear it! I have work until 11:00”
Sassy Comment B: “Yeah? All of you can shut up, because I work until midnight.”
No. 2: Conversations during finals week:
Sally Attention Seeker: “What’s your finals schedule like?”
Blindsided Friend: “Oh my God, I have a test tomorrow, Saturday, and then three on Monday.”
Sally Attention Seeker: “Yeah, well, I have two on Saturday and then one on the very last day of finals week. THE VERY LAST DAY.”
No. 3: General wellbeing:
John Doe: “I don’t feel like going out tonight, I have a headache.”
IDGAF Ike: “So what? I’ve had a headache all day.”
Why does everything have to be a “my-life-sucks-more contest”? There are easier ways to get attention. End world hunger. Cure cancer. … Do cartwheels in the grocery store for all I care. Any of these things would be more productive and less irritating to those around you (yes, kicking all of the Cocoa Puffs off the shelves while attempting a cartwheel included) than throwing yourself a never-ending pity party. (But don’t brag about how great your life is to someone having a bad day, either. No one likes that.)
There’s a difference between venting and whining, and some people haven’t yet learned how to not cross that line.
Just an hors d’oeuvre for thought.