It seems my posts on my back country hike are coming across as if I am complaining. I did not think so. I thought I was telling a story the way I saw and felt it.
But, one reader called me a WUSS this morning. I did the first thing I could think of and tried to defend myself, playing the age card. Nope, still a WUSS, at any age. Then I did the second thing I could think of and removed the comments from my post, so nobody could read them.
DAMN, I just proved him right. I am a WUSS.
Why do we take it so personally when someone has a different opinion of our posts (or accomplishments) than we do? Not sure. I think it may be simple human nature and the fact that we take ourselves way too seriously.
I foolishly provided my thoughts to another blogger’s question about what my Life’s Desire was. I thought my comment was deep and thoughtful, but the blogger, who is a writer and published author, laughed at me and did not take it seriously. She further said “It’s a wise man who thinks twice before saying nothing” . Ouch. This is the same blogger who once commented that one tongue-in-cheek poem I wrote “barks like a dog” (I mean “purple” rhymes with “maple syruple” – of course it Barks like a Dog. It was drivel) and referred to my non-prose posts as “dubious poetry”. She is entitled to her opinion. She is a writer and published author. I am merely retired and telling a story. I took it in stride and still read her posts and comment from time to time. She no longer reads my posts.
I am writing this post as part of my 12 step recovery program, not to solicit any comments from my readers to substantiate or prove that I am anything but a WUSS. I have restored the WUSS comments to my earlier blog post and am also pasting them in this post at the bottom, for all to read.
Hi, my name is Allan and I am a WUSS. I will try to do better in future. Thanks for reading.
READER – ◇ Diamond Hard – Awesome EveryOne and Congrats; yet as a Rugby Player who completes on virtually broken limbs, WUSSES!!!
– Diamond Hard
ME – Not sure why you are calling us wusses, but that is fine, as it is your opinion. As a 65 year-old, I feel this was a major accomplishment in my life and not having broken bones, etc shows that for an old guy, I have a fair bit of skill in maintaining balance, not to mention stamina in completing the distance and altitude gain without major problems. I have never played rugby and I can only admire those who do for their ability to survive the hits and keep on running. I did fall of a bicycle in Nice once and smashed my face and teeth on the pavement requiring an ambulance ride to a hospital. I was back on the streets that night, walking under my own power and enjoying the sights with my bandaged face, so my balance has improved with age. Cheers.
◇ Diamond Hard – It’s because you are complaining like a “WUSS!!!” my dear SupaSoulBro @kagould17; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that these days, at 50+ and feeling like a 20 year old, I have No Patience for complaints in the context of “AGE!!!” however “OLD!!!” – Diamond Hard
Hi, my name is Allan and I am a WUSS. I will try to do better in future.
Cheers to you all