Raise your hand if you’ve had a rough year.

Yep, that’s what I thought.

It’s been a rough year for us, too. I feel like a broken record, seeing as I said almost exactly the same thing last year. Between health, finances and our future– well, it’s been a really long year, lots to deal with, much hanging over our heads– and I’m exhausted.

We’re not alone, though. A lot of people are having a hard time.
But seriously, it seems whenever I talk to someone who’s also “exhausted”, hear their causes of woe and frustration, I end up saying, “I am so tired of shitty people!”

I made this Venn diagram to describe how personality breakdowns should go:


It makes sense, right? There’s a sliver of truly good and a sliver of truly bad and the rest of us are a little of each, perhaps aspiring to blue but definitely somewhere in the green. You know, normal people.

But this, this is what it feels like lately:


It’s like we’re surrounded by red people. Everywhere we turn there’s someone making our lives more difficult. Cutting us off in traffic, saying bad things about us, questioning our decisions, succumbing to misinformation and greed at our expense.
Life is challenging enough, thank you, we do not need additional complications.

Must be So nice to Have IT all Together Yourself, to be in a position to judge others.

I have been toying with this blog idea for months. Literally months, like, I don’t know, maybe twelve or eighteen or so… But I worried that I might offend someone. Then I realized a) What do I care? If these people are capable of dishing it out, surely they can take it, and b) I’m pretty sure shitty people don’t read my blog.

I know misery loves company. It empowers the miserable when they bring you down to their level. But c’mon, they’re already plenty of miserable people. We don’t need more, we just need some sort of process where they can find each other.

Could be a brilliant idea–
round ’em up and send ’em off to live miserably ever after.

Just about the time I get really stressed, angry, and on the verge of becoming the very thing I detest…
I get an email or a text or a card from someone who reminds me that there are plenty of blue people in my life.

I’m thankful for the time spent with friends and family who make me laugh, let me vent, make me happy, and most importantly, let me be.

Here is my final diagram:


Hopefully 2015 will be a kinder, cheaper, healthier, more productive, and more reliable year.

Now, I don’t expect red people to wake up January 1st and suddenly see the the error of their ways, no, but there is something about the beginning of a new year that makes me optimistic. Plus, these things can’t last forever, right? Right?


If you are in need of a respite, let me know. We greens gotta stick together.


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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2 Responses to Raise your hand if you’ve had a rough year.

  1. Pingback: Closing Credits and Learning Curves | Mary Lamphere

  2. Vicki says:

    Mary you are so COOL, and So Blue. Never get tired of being a good person. You are Loved!

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