Things You Can’t Stop Complaining About, No Matter How Hard You Try

You know being a complainer isn’t the best quality you could have because you’re supposed to be enjoying your life and all that, but you just can’t help it. Sure, you work to change the things you’re not happy with, but that doesn’t mean you don’t like a good moan every now and then (or, you know, every day). It’s not cute when your friends do it, and it’s not even cute when little kids do it. Nonetheless, even when “no more complaining” is on the top of your to-do list, there are just some things that you will always complain about no matter how hard you try to stop.

  1. Being tired. What is this madness, right? You’d think all the sleeping you do would actually perk you up from time to time, but you tend to be utterly exhausted, no matter how early you went to bed the night before. For some reason, you never get used to this, it doesn’t feel great, and you like people to know why we might be firing on fewer cylinders than normal.
  2. Driving. Even when things actually turn all Jetsons with flying cars, you’ll still be complaining about driving. In comparison to trotting along in a covered wagon, the cars of today seem pretty amazing, and yet having to stop for gas or get your car washed sounds like a chore. And then there’s traffic, and parking…
  3. Work. Yeah, yeah, we’re all grateful to be employed. But when you’re not working in your desire field of work, it can feel like a personal insult. When you’re lucky enough to do something you love, you’re still not happy because you realize it doesn’t solve all your problems, anyway. You still have an annoying coworker and dammit, you’re tired.
  4. Your dating life. Yes, you’ll go through phases of dating bliss and even feel pity for the people who don’t know how good it can be, but then you’ll get dumped, or someone will smother you, or wedding planning will get soooo stressful.
  5. Your family. Family is strange because you don’t get any say in who they are, unlike most other relationships in your life. How could they all possibly be on their best behavior at all times and not embarrass you? They can’t, obviously.
  6. Being sick. It’s so rude. Like, how did this germ decide that you were the victim du jour? It’s not the type of popularity contest you want to win. Despite the fact that it happens to most people to varying degrees, being sick makes most of us pretty grumpy.
  7. The weather. Perhaps the weirdest thing to go to battle with since you’ll never have any control over it – planet earth always wins. It doesn’t matter if you relocate from Alaska to Los Angeles, eventually you’ll be asking, “Why is it so cold today?” when summer ends and the temperatures drop down to the low 70s.
  8. Food. Unless you’re starving (and you’re probably not if you’re reading this), you’ll always have a food complaint. We got picky pretty quickly. What the… they served me regular french fries, not sweet potato fries!
  9. Your clothes. You’re aware of the fact that some people really don’t have outfit options, and although you feel like you should stop whining about your overflowing closet, you still don’t. You’re sick of alternating the same three outfits every brunch and can’t figure out what you wore before you owned these.
  10. Complaining. Someone from high school on your Facebook feed, the old man behind you at the post office, and your sister are all complaining. And that crap is so annoying.
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog