When someone asks you, “Is everything okay?” or when people (at least in America) ask “How are you?” The answer is probably 99% of the time “Good!” This is such an automatic reaction that I notice people continue talking without even waiting for the response, and they bustle to talk over each other to continue to other things or something to that likeness.
I’m a terrible liar, so it physically makes me uncomfortable whenever I have to answer things like this. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but it still makes it a lie. Here’s a scary thought. What if it never gets better? Your answer will permanently stay a lie?
You hide behind your smile, but even that feels untruthful. And people comfort you and fall to the default of “It will get better” with all those testimonies. But for those where it didn’t get better, guess what? They aren’t going to rain on anyone’s parade by publicly coming out and say “It doesn’t.” Chances are, their lives have fallen so dismally they wouldn’t bother to. They’re busy dealing with the heavy load that has been placed on their shoulders. It could be anything… alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, drugs, disease, pain in general that won’t go away. Maybe they were gone already.
And me? I can train myself to follow the wisp of thoughts that it might get better, but I’ve lived 23 years like this, and my best hope is more that it will continue to stay like this, and not worsen. That’s the truth. But the truth is so dark, the issues are so widespread from the immediate to the long term, that I feel some days like I’m waiting in a holding cell for her expiration date.
Some people walk by this holding cell, either completely ignorant, oblivious, or just don’t give a fuck. The few who stop might gawk, or ask with some sympathy how I’m doing. You know what? I don’t want your sympathy. That’s like feeling sorry for someone, feeling pity. I want empathy, I demand understanding for everyone in this world. But the reality again, is that real peace and happiness will never exist. We want equality in the economy? That’s called communism, which we know doesn’t work. In democracy, someone will ALWAYS have to get the short end of the stick. And there are too many damn selfish people in the world, statistically, many simply just want to get through life okay, can you blame them? (sometimes, you can for being an asshole).
This is supposed be a blog about positivity but you know what? Positivity and happiness is only measured in relevance to suffering and depression, so they’re one and the same topic. Obtaining it, lack of it. Here’s the real truth. Honesty, this here, the only space in existence where it exists, untainted.
And so, what would I reply to this person who asks me if I’m okay? That’s a loaded question. But maybe they don’t really want to know the whole truth. As me, the one with the issues, am I supposed to be the one who bears the light bravely and inspiringly, beaming at everyone in my sickbed (figuratively speaking for now) so that I have any redeeming qualities and serve some sort of purpose for others?
I don’t want to sound emo, so I’ll just stick with “I’m okay, thanks :)”