Fighting the Urge to Complain


Enoch Graham

Do people complain too much? It seems like our first instinct as high schoolers is to rant to our friends when things don’t go our way, but is this the right thing to do? Megan Nowe, a junior at BHS, agreed to meet to share a few of her thoughts on the subject. “It makes me feel bad,” she responded during our interview. ”I feel like it takes the situation and makes it feel ten times worse.” Nowe, like many other BHS students, participates in an after-school sport, adding to her already busy schedule.  However, she often chooses not to voice her frustrations.  When asked why, she replied, “It’s not worth complaining about.  It may be upsetting, but it isn’t worth the weight it puts on others to listen to.” This attitude makes being around Nowe an absolute joy, so what if everyone at BHS strove to replicate her mindset? What if instead of “dampen[ing] the atmosphere” with complaints, we all chose to focus on the positives? “It’s easier to rant about the negatives instead of focusing on the positive,” Nowe mentioned during the interview, “but complaining does nothing to fix the problem.  Nothing changes as a result, so what’s the point?” Whether or not you agree with her, Nowe undeniably brings up a valid point.  Is it really worth the time and energy to rant about our problems, or could we spend our time a little wiser and instead work to fix our problems? This approach takes more effort, but many claim that it leads to greater happiness in the long run, so next time you get a mountain of homework or a B on a math test, you can groan about it, but choose not to dwell on it; everything is gonna be okay.