An Ode to Negativity

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I don’t even know where to begin. My heart is tired with what I see in the world today. My brain angered, little things setting me off. In a society of the self-involved, many things infuriate me. I am so tired of manufactured positivity. I am so tired of people telling other people how to live their lives. I am equally frustrated with people not willing to understand others and being so quick to pass judgement.

Those in the medical field and ancillary staff see patients PEOPLE and their families during some of the worst times of their lives. Yet, our job is to understand our patients in all realms of being. To give hope, even foster positivity in a time of need.

Yes, I am a negative person. Perhaps it’s because my compassion and empathy stores are on back order. Being a nurse is hard damn work. Though myself and nurses like me give and give and give, we are looked down upon interpersonally for our perceived negativity. We’re tired. We don’t have the energy to manufacture positivity.

Have you ever wiped an adult’s ass? I have.

Have you ever held pressure on a blood-spurting femoral artery? I have.

Have you ever been physically attacked when merely trying to help your attacker? I have.

Have you ever had to struggle to keep someone alive, only to be looked down upon by another for not getting their cup of ice chips to them in a timely manner? I have.

Have you ever been the last person to hold someone’s hand during their final breaths? I have.

Only because their family was too scared to watch them die? I have.

Have you ever gone to work so burnt out with nothing left to give, only to see someone scared or in pain and somehow muster up something within yourself to make them at peace? I have.

So while you are feverishly typing away at your TPS reports, thinking back upon the last TED Talks you saw, or the last inspirational article you read in Oprah’s magazine…try to UNDERSTAND us negative folk. Perhaps we really aren’t that negative. Perhaps we just understand things on a different level based on our life experiences.

Perhaps we are tired. Tired of manufactured positivity. Tired of in-genuine understanding. And maybe, just maybe, we are just tired of people fighting with other people.

3 thoughts on “An Ode to Negativity

  1. Judy says:

    Negative may be the wrong adjective, realistic is the word that comes to my mind. Realistic people don’t gloss over BS because their brains and bodies are too busy working.

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