Don’t stick a smiley face on my whine

COVID-19 sucks. Yeah, sure good stuff will come out of it, or has come out of it. Bad stuff, too not to mention a lot of death and people without jobs.

I don’t complain often. Not much at all really. But on a few occasions, someone has stuck a smiley face on my whine and pointed out that “everyone is in the same boat,” or “everyone feels the same way.”

Well, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a minute to moan for a couple of minutes and express what I’ve lost in this process. It might not be as bad as someone else. It might be worse than others. But I need, we all need, an outlet and some time to express our disdain for this quarantine-ish life that has no definitive end date. I know it won’t last forever. But most of us don’t like being in limbo.

I can be all Polly positive leaping through the tall grass in the sunshine laughing and carrying a handful of flowers. But sometimes, for a minute, I wanna be Bonnie bummer, complain, and kick my desk and slam my fist down on it because if I have to have one more zoom meeting I’m gonna explode. I want to go to a party, I want to plan a vacation to California, I want to go to a crowded networking event and hug people without thinking about it. The days have so few transitions and outlets and the ones I do have I’m just bored with.

There I’ve said it.

I feel better now. Thanks for letting me vent. Now where are those daisies?

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

2 thoughts on “Don’t stick a smiley face on my whine”

  1. YES!!! I wish people would quit telling me to be happy about it all the time! I’m not happy! Like you said, a lot of good has come out of this pandemic, but also a lot of bad and we need to be able to express it and let it out before it festers. If I don’t get to express it appropriately, I feel like I’m gonna explode! I also feel like I need to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Some things are getting better but very, very slowly. I need them to get better quicker. I get asked “You don’t want them to reopen things too quickly do you?” Of course I don’t want them to reopen things when there’s still a high chance of everyone getting the virus. What I want is for things to get better where they can open things safely. But I want that to happen ASAP.

    Thanks for letting me vent. I really needed it today!

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