You Look Insensitive
I am frazzled.
I know this because, in the last two weeks, at least three different people have commented to me, in passing, “You look frazzled.”
I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why I would appear this way to casual acquaintances. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that: my old anti-depressant recently became as useful as a Tic-Tac, my new anti-depressant has increased my desire to thrash anyone who does anything irritating, everyone but me does things that are irritating, and my inefficient colon has suddenly become overly efficient.
I am pretty sure it has everything to do with people telling me, “You look frazzled.”
Once someone tells you that you look frazzled, it’s pretty certain that, no matter how relaxed you were two seconds before that declaration, you will then feel frazzled. And, if you were already frazzled, then you are guaranteed to feel frazzled and somewhat inclined to hurt someone.
At least, this has been my experience.
So, could you please do the frazzled people in this world a favor, and maybe keep that delightful observation to yourself? If you must say something, perhaps you could try commenting, “You look amazingly hale and hearty today! When you have a moment, you must give me your secret for always looking so invigorated!”
Luckily, we frazzled people are too busy to analyze confusing compliments too closely.