Things We Need To Stop Complaining So Much About

Note: I’ve complained about all of these things before. This is more of a note to myself than anything else.

1. Our looks

The occasional self-loathing comment about your appearance is totally fine and normal but I can’t stand those people who are always putting themselves down by acting like they’re fat and ugly. The irony is that people who actually do this are rarely ugly or fat (true ugly and fat people keep their mouths shut because they don’t want to make things awk for everyone) so, really, why are they doing it? To say it’s because they’re fishing for compliments may be too simplistic, although I do find it interesting that self-loathers usually don’t mind having their picture taken. Could it be that they truly hate the way they look? Gasp! I don’t know. Whether it’s because they need constant validation or actually think they’re channeling Lyle Lovett, talking about how gross you think you are is annoying so stop.

2. Being broke

You can’t just G-chat me “OMG, I have no $$$” when I know you’re doing it on a MacBook Pro, which is like a $1200 computer. Plus, I just went shopping with you and you spent like sixty bucks at Whole Foods on shampoo and conditioner. The only people who are allowed to complain about being broke are the people who live in cardboard RV’s in front of my building.

3. Being single

I’m the biggest offender of this one. “OMG, I hate being single. Wait, you mean there’s a cute, nice, single guy who wants to date me? GET HIM AWAY FROM ME!” *runs away screaming* But seriously, why am I still single? I don’t get it…

4. The weather

Oh, it’s cold? Let’s write a book about it! Now it’s too hot? Dear god, is it ever just right with you people?!

5. Kim Kardashian’s marriage

So I guess people are feeling punked by The Kardashians because of Kim’s recent divorce, which is something I don’t get at all. Hello, Kris Jenner has been punking since those K divas came out of her vagina! We don’t look to The Kardashians for authenticity. If you do, may I suggest retreating to your own version of a Walden Pond and burning lots of incense for awhile?

6. Your best friends

Um, stop telling me how much you can’t stand this person and then, boom, there’s an Instagram posted on Facebook of the two of you hanging out. It makes me feel stupid for caring about the drama to begin with and it’s also just not very nice. It’s normal to vent from time to time but if you find yourself constantly talking crap about a friend, maybe it’s time to end things.

7. Your job

I get it that your job sucks sometimes but put things in perspective. There are so many qualified people out there who would kill to have your job or any job period. Complain about this stuff only to your co-workers and extend some courtesy to your unemployed friends.

I mean, if we stopped complaining about these things, people would probably have nothing to talk about, but it’s important to realize the absurdity of some of the things we gripe about. Maybe next time we’ll just keep our mouths shut. TC mark

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  • Perfect Circles

    Let’s make that our collective new year’s resolution – the whole Thought Catalog community – no more complaining about these things.

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  • Antonio Watson

    That first one is the truth.  I’m not sure how these people want me to feel about them when they complain to me.  do they want my sympathy, even though they look fine (and really, they know it)?  I hope not, because all I end up doing is becoming annoyed.

  • courtleee

    8. Other people complaining

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  • Anonymous

    I’d like to lodge a complaint against my iPhone’s battery life, my iPad’s penchant for dropping wifi networks, my little cousins screaming at holidays and the cost of a Bullet, rocks at the bar that’s a block from my German Village apartment in Columbus, Ohio. Also, I’d like to file a note against the fact that I am stuck at my esteemed web design job in Columbus, Ohio. I mean, Ohio sucks right?

    • Kate


      • Anonymous

        My favorite hashtag. Even tho I do feel a #twinge of guilt using it.

    • AMY

      German Village is a really nice part of town, I don’t feel sorry for you at all even if you are in Columbus.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t feel sorry for myself, either. 

  • suzy q

    i worked in a coffee shop for a bit. and i realize that there are only certian things you can casually talk to your barista about. HOWEVER, the weather. it’s always the weather and everyone complains! it’s too hot and then it’s too cold. and you know what?! it’s always the same people complaining. if it weren’t for the $2 tip i need so much, i would have told them to move out of the north east because, welcome to philadelphia, it’s cold in the winter and hot and muggy in the summer

  • mutterhals

    I go ape-shit on people who complain about their jobs now that I’m unemployed. You don’t know true suffering until you’ve succumbed to a three hour marathon of Hoarders.

    • Mung Beans

      we have the same life

      although Hoarders marathons are kind of helpful for me, I watch some Hoarders and go clean the microwave platter

      • mutterhals

        After watching What Not To Wear all week I plucked my eyebrows for the first time in like ten years.

  • Kai

    My friends are great for letting me vent about my job (for which I am under qualified, credential-wise, but underpaid, task-wise) but then they tell me to just get a new one.

    And one friend keeps telling me to go back to school which makes me happy, the exact opposite reaction that my mom gets when she gives me the same advice.

    I don’t have to stop acting like a teenager, do I?

  • macgyver51

    I give it two days.

  • Annedecker000

    This problem runs much deeper than simply ending the complaints. People use these topics to relate to each other, to feel connected to the world around them. We need to create an environment where people connect with each other through appreciation and positivity. If you walk around talking about how much you love your job, how happy you are in your relationship (or happy being single), how beautiful the weather is, most of the time people find that more annoying (not to mention arrogant in relation to the job and relationship) or just downright strange than if you whine about the cold. A complete cultural shift needs to happen here. Who wants to be the catalyst?

  • holly k

    Don’t complain. It’s unattractive.

  • Rgz

    Things TC writers need to stop doing: writing the same article twice! You’ve already written one about how you hate when pretty people say they’re ugly, or rich people that they’re broke. Don’t think I didn’t notice!

  • Justin T

    I’ll date you.

  • Jay_Z

    When people complain about their looks, I think I’m just gonna start replying by saying “Oh.”

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