“Why is it we could complain so easily about important people in our lives, yet we get offended when others voice the same opinion of them?”
Hands down, this is my favorite line in Plan Bea. After all, I have often wondered the same thing as Annabel.
I am not one of those people who pretend life is perfect. It isn’t. It is messy and often extremely frustrating. (Like Saturday night when I knocked over the laundry detergent on the new carpet. During its tumble the top fell off and covered the carpet in soap.) I find the annoying moments more fun to share. After all, they are more relatable and they make people laugh.
Oftentimes when you share the frustrating times, you end up complaining about someone close to you. It isn’t intentional. You don’t mean any harm. It just happens, because well, you are irked. (I hate when my husband always assumes I was rushing when I make a mess, fall, or break something. Sure, he is usually right, but it still makes me mad!)
But the exasperation you feel when you complain doesn’t have anything to do with the love you feel for them. You probably are over your anger by the time you share the story. But the person you are talking to doesn’t know the full picture, or often times, all the aspects of the person’s personality. They just know what you tell them. As a result, sometimes, you prejudice them. Other times they also may also have found the same fault with the person you are speaking of.
But when they do voice their opinion you get angry. You are hurt. How dare they say something like, you wonder. But why are they wrong? After all, would they have said anything in the first place if you didn’t start the conversation?
Do you feel this way?
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