Something I really wish people would stop saying — both to me and in general. Of course it could be worse. Things could almost always be worse. Lots of things for lots of people are incredibly worse. That doesn’t mean it does anyone any good to minimize someone’s pain or create an unrealistic standard of false gratitude.

You’re lucky. It could have been so much worse.

4 thoughts on “Something I really wish people would stop saying — both to me and in general. Of course it could be worse. Things could almost always be worse. Lots of things for lots of people are incredibly worse. That doesn’t mean it does anyone any good to minimize someone’s pain or create an unrealistic standard of false gratitude.

  1. My other favorite is “These things happen.” Um, no. No. The vast majority of people go through their entire lives without smashing their face into the concrete and shattering four teeth. No. These things do not happen for most people. It’s difficult to remember that when people are talking about someone else’s painful or difficult event, they are mostly trying to process it for themselves and the desire to try and make things better is overwhelming.

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