Disclaimer: This post is NOT talking about complaining about tragedies or things like chronic illness, death, etc. If you are in pain, or you’ve lost a loved one, or have experienced trauma or been harassed, etc. we will always be sympathetic. This is more about trivial complaints or complaints that are less trivial but are still more in the annoyance spectrum– things you could probably change but have chosen not to for whatever reason. You know, like me complaining that democrats don’t even show up on the ballot and we have to drive a couple hours to get to Whole Foods when we could, in theory, quit our jobs and move across country to Paradise.
We are sympathetic to (or at least not irritated by) complaining
1. that isn’t chronic (because chronic complaining gets boring) and
2. that doesn’t seem entitled (I guess because entitled complaining makes me feel like I deserve more too but I’m not going to get it so that makes me irritated and I’d rather feel like I have agency)
3. that is entertaining or funny (but not repetitive I hate Mondays that is trying to be funny but isn’t)
4. that is about the weather (because we’re from the midwest and find it soothing)
What kind of (non-tragic) complaining are you sympathetic to? What kind irritates you?