platitudes

platitude [ˈplatiˌt(y)oōd] noun
a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful : she began uttering liberal platitudes. – the quality of being dull, ordinary, or trite.

So today I’m in a lousy mood. It’s a causeless lousy mood (in that, I can’t isolate any particular thing that’s made me sad or irritated, so maybe it’s chemical, I don’t know, but I do know that I can’t find that thing that made me in a bad mood so I’m not going to worry about it). Whenever I’m in one of these moods, someone inevitably says something along the lines of “get over it.”

And here’s the deal: fuck off. And by that I mean the following. Telling someone to “suck it up,” or “we all have those days” or “get over it” is a platitude. It’s a trite, meaningless, and thoughtless expression that does absolutely nothing to alleviate someone’s foul mood. In point of fact, is often does more to exacerbate said foul mood than alleviate.

Which of course is something two of my co-workers just said to me.

So I’m going to sit here at my desk for a bit, drink my coffee, and write bitter little rants in my blog because that’s what blogs are all about isn’t it? Bitter little rants? And I’m going to do my best to go back to where I was half an hour ago when my bad mood was causeless. Because right now it’s not causeless. It’s rooted right in the middle of this office where people lob platitudes at me, and I know they’re trying to be helpful (or at least I hope they’re trying to be helpful), but it feels sort of crappy.

It’s a goddamn beautiful day out there. And I’d love to be anywhere but here.

And at the end of the day, I have a goddamn beautiful life, a spectacular apartment, a wonderful relationship, and really. Maybe I should just get over it.

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