Lesson #34: On Whining

by Rachel on October 12, 2010

Most of my friends in college heard me say this at one point or another. Like many things I say, I was both completely serious and not serious at all. The phrase was just my little way of ending the pity party over what to pack for spring break and reminding us that even our worst problems weren’t that bad.

Eric prefers to convey the same idea with his simple, “Wow…I guess it’s not easy growing up anywhere” if ever either of us — or anyone else — gets too whiny.

No matter how you choose to say it, the message is still the same — and an important one at that.

Today, I am giving all bloggers a lesson in “my life is so hard” with my new post on Hollaback: How to Complain On Your Blog Without Sounding Like a Spoiled White Girl.

And really, it’s a lesson that can apply to all of us. Yes, we all have bad days, but when you get down to it, most of us lead an extremely privileged existence. So the next time you get too caught up in your white girl problems, just remember your favorite keep-it-real half-black friend reminding you, “Oh em gee…your life…is so hard.”

Shhhhhh. I know it’s hard when Whole Foods is out of your organic raw almond butter and you have to drive across town to the other Whole Foods to get it, but I promise…it’s going to be OK.

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1 Dori October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

But what about when Whole Foods is out of your favorite almond butter and you have to go to the health food store to get it but for some reason it is hard like a rock there and impossible to spread? Then what??

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2 Elina (Healthy and Sane) October 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Haha, it’s true – most of us have a pretty good life although I’d say it doesn’t mean that we must be happy all the time (that’s not how it works, unfortunately). With that said, if I heard someone seriously being upset about WF being out of almond butter, I think I’d just burst out laughing… in their face if I could :)

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3 Smash @ Appreciate The Now October 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I really enjoyed this post on Hollaback Health today. White Whine and First World Problems are two of my favorite Twitter hashtags when I’m complaining about something I shouldn’t be.

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4 PoP October 13, 2010 at 6:07 am

When people get like this I always like to remind them that 2/3 of everyone in the whole world…the whole world…cant read! AND that if you own a PC your in the richest 2% of the whole world. Yep that’s right. And i keep quoting stats like this until they pout and throw up their hands and say “alright already..I get it!” ;) So if your not only complaining but blogging and complaining then you are just complaining period. But that’s ok… blogging is complaining in ‘middle class space’ so at least your complaining to people who have the same problems. Not like you would go up to a homeless person and tell them about how shit your day has been. ;)
That I believe might be taking yourself a bit seriously ;)

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