“How Are You?” “Hi.”

Sometimes, people ask me how I’m doing, or how I’ve been, and I find myself automatically going for “Shitty,” as a response. Because life is shitty quite often, and I don’t like to sugarcoat things.
If I catch myself being that pessimist, I *can* cut it off, but then it just sounds like I’m telling the person to “Shhh-” which also works.
Life is busy and hectic and stressful, and it’s great to have so much to live for, but when your body wants you to just sit the fuck down, sometimes you need to.
And sometimes you can’t, so when someone asks how you’re doing, what do you say?
“I’m tired.”
Well everyone’s tired.
“I’ve been feeling the pressures of life wearing down on me.”
Yeah, we all have problems, no?
“Oh, things could be better.”
No shit. Can’t they always?
“I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to fart.”
Oh tell me about it, here’s everything I’ve been doing in my life….
Nobody wants to hear that things are shitty, but I’m not going to lie. Sometimes things are just shitty. I could say things are hectic, but that is such an understatement so much of the time. I just say “Shitty, and I don’t really want to talk about it.” That way, if I do change my mind and decide to talk about it, it’s on my own terms, and not a reply to a complicated question. Chances are, upon evaluating what life has been like, I’m probably going to have a mini-nervous breakdown on the spot, so it may be best to just say “Pass.”

-jg