I’ve had several wonderful conversations with friends in the last few days, most of whom are recent graduates stretching those baby wings farther than they thought they could before.
It’s incredibly cathartic to have those moments of, “Oh, you feel that way too? I’m not crazy?”
In an effort to keep that ball rolling, I thought I’d share an Adulting tip I’ve picked up over the last few months.
If you aren’t going to do anything about a problem, stop complaining.
For example, I’ve been having ongoing right ear issues for the last month and a half. If I’m in a large group of people, my right ear seems to dial into some fuzzy FM station and I can’t hear anything from that side of my head. And even when it’s not impersonating a bad radio experience, everything is muted.
I did go to an ear doctor, who was incredibly unhelpful, but I’ve been delaying finding another appointment because Time. There’s never enough but you should probably make some when you’re facing hearing loss. In the meantime, I was making others wish they were deaf with my constant stream of ear-related complaints but general vagueness when asked, “What are you going to do about it?”
So here’s my time-tested tip: pursue a solution or shush up.