The Art of Complaining

Cesar Diaz, Staff Writer

I’m doing well, I can’t complain. Or rather, I can but I shouldn’t. Or should I?
Sometimes (most of the time) things don’t go your way, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Well, there is one thing you can do: you can complain.
I’m not one to complain, at least not regularly, but when all hope is lost and nothing can be done, why not complain?
There’s nothing quite like complaining with a friend at a diner over malts and french fries. I’m not advocating to complain out of spite or to be bitter. Rather, I recommend it as a sort of detox, y’know? A cleanse of all the negative energy.
However, there’s a line of distinction between complaining and sulking. You’re actively trying to get over something when you complain, but you choose to wallow in it when you sulk. We all need someone to be there for us when we’re feeling blue or things just aren’t going our way.
The best thing to do is to help people find solutions to their problems, but sometimes there are no plausible solutions and complaining is just as good.
Having said this, everything is temporary and complaining should be too. Complaining every day without any progress presents a bigger problem that we must fix on our own or with the help of someone else if needed. As humans, we have extraordinary cognitive abilities, so it’s up to us to decide how we want to feel.
I suppose that I should now demonstrate how to issue a complaint. So here it goes.
So what’s the deal with complaining? Why does complaining have such a negative connotation? Complaints are healthy things since they lead to discussion, and discussion leads to discovery. Some people walk around never complaining, and you can lie all you want that there’s no reason to complain, but what will this do?
I guess I’m complaining about complaining…