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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 and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on 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, coping strategies/resilience, 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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