I know, I know...I'm depressing to listen to (or read) these days but seriously things have got to get better eventually.
Deep down, I can be very petty. I don't believe that to be a good thing but there it is. I don't basque in others misfortune or anything but I do struggle with listening to all of the good things that are going on in other people's lives when mine is falling apart.
For example, right now four people I know went on fabulous vacations. Basically, I do not begrudge them their vacations, but I am having a VERY hard time wanting to sit and talk about them, and hear about them. Three of the four are most gracious in this way; the fourth? Not so much. They want to cram their vacation down my throat.
You see, it wasn't JUST a vacation, it was a FABULOUS vacation. It was the BEST vacation. They had the BEST place to stay and had the BEST food and they spent SO MUCH money and it was TOTALLY worth it. By the third sentence I wanted to scream. I mean, I'm sitting here eating canned soup for the third day in a row and so your little "All-you-can-eat-lobster-fest" is really not appealing to me on any level.
Am I wrong? Am I just overly sensitive? But would you go to someone who is homeless and brag about your trip to Paris? Would you walk through the pediatric ward in the hospital and tell the parents there how healthy and wonderful your kids are? I just think that if we're going to talk about it, have a little sensitivity, you know? I will politely ask how your trip was (because it's the elephant in the room) but we do not need to spend ENDLESS hours talking about it, do we?
This is where the mean-girl in me fights to come out and just smack somebody.