WHEN YOU ARE TIRED OF SAYING “I’M GOOD THANKS”

We live in a society where “How are you?” has become a greeting instead of an actual question, it is said in passing with no real expectation of an honest answer. Most of the time it is asked only out of social nicety, and from my own personal experience I can say that when you have a struggle with chronic mental and physical health conditions you get tired of saying “I’m good thanks!” when you really just feel frustrated saying the words.

Sarcasm and satire has always been my favorite style of humor and the thought of being able to smile and give someone a quirky answer that didn’t taste like acid on my tongue was very appealing! Humor has been my saving grace, even in the midst of depression I can normally still see the funny side to things, and during the bad pain days I can be amused at my own misery and melodramatic tearfulness.

So with the above in mind, I set about thinking up some new answers to reply with when heedlessly asked “How are you?”. Generally one of two things happens, the person stops and laughs, or they just don’t even notice what you said. But sometimes something surprising happens, a conversation starts up! No matter what the end result though, it can be amusing and you don’t have to feel like a liar.

These are some of my favorites:

I’m awesome from my ankles down.

I didn’t read my name in the obituaries today, so I figure I’m not too bad.

Upright and still breathing!

Good, but I’ll get over it.

Fine so far, but there is plenty of time for everything to go wrong yet!

Tilt your head and stare at them for a second, narrow your eyes, look puzzled and say “Why do you want to know?”

I hear good things, but you should never trust rumors.

Smile over the top sweetly and say “I’m so happy I have to sit on my hands to keep myself from clapping.”

Look nervous and reply “My lawyer says I don’t have to answer that question!”.

Is humor a magic panacea? No, it can not obliterate the trials we face, or the traumas we may have been through. It is true that a simple smile doesn’t cure our depression or anxiety, and laughter certainly doesn’t take away chronic pain or other health problems – but the one thing I have always found is that when I can embrace the issues I’m facing with a sense of amusement, then that mirth can help to dull the agony that would otherwise take over. It does not cure the problem, but it does make it easier to cope and live alongside of them.

I would encourage everyone to find the lightheartedness in the darkness in any way they can. It can be difficult, but it is worth it.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. lyratolea777 says:

    I LOVE this post! I’ve always hated this question but your replies are awesome!!!!

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    1. Kat says:

      Awww, thank you! I have had some great responses to them, and it feels so much nicer to say something that is true (ie. Im fantastic from my ankles down!) instead of gritting my teeth and hating myself for telling a lie. 😀 HEHE

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  2. Cindy Kolbe says:

    Yes! Your alternative responses are perfect, Kat. My favorite is “Good, but I’ll get over it.” My usual “okay” response needs an upgrade. I might borrow a few… 😉

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    1. Kat says:

      Borrow away! I’m so glad that you got a smile from them!

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  3. Stak says:

    I love this so much! I also love your blog and am currently reading everything xx

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    1. Kat says:

      Thank you so much. What a lovely thing to read. X

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