10 Small But Devastating Disappointments

Posted on: Sep 02, 2016
Earlier in the year I wrote a blog about how, rather than wait for the high-value events (engagements, promotions), we should try and celebrate the small things in life. Well, that shit works both ways. Because sometimes, the little disappointments in life can be annoying AF, in a way that’s totally disproportionate to their size. I’ve dealt with some pretty stressful stuff over the past couple of years, but few things can genuinely enrage me more than trying to pluck a stubborn eyebrow hair or finding crumbs on a newly-cleaned work top.


So what else to do but make a list of what are, in my opinion, the 10 worst disappointments of modern life, in the hope of some kind of absolution:

1. When you get a sore throat but not a sexy husky voice. All pain, no gain.

2. When you thought you put the kettle on but return minutes later to an appliance colder than Frank Underwood's icy heart.

Kettle of Lies


3. When you're yearning for a refreshing G+T (or a non-alcoholic beverage, I'm not here to judge) and the ice is still mush. The thirst is real. Ditto: moldy lemon.

Ice Cube Tears


4. When you watch a Simpsons but it's a Lisa-based storyline.

5. When you get out of a lovely hot shower feeling all Zen and squeaky-clean and discover your towel is damp.

6. When it's your turn to do the vacuuming but it needs emptying first AND the bin bag is full. So I have to do TWO additional chores before I can even accomplish the original chore?! I'm out.

7. When you offer to be the designated driver and everyone accepts your offer. I've made a terrible mistake.

8. When you strip the bed early in the day when you were full of hope and energy and remember you haven't made it just before bedtime and now you're full of bitter resentment towards Morning You. That bitch.

Unmade Bed


9. When you pick a great outfit but spend most of the night sitting at a table so in effect might as well have been wearing jogging bottoms and Uggs with a nice top.

10. When none of the Instagram filters can help you now.


Try it yourself - what metaphorical spilt milk really grinds your gears?




Comments (3)

  1. Anna:
    Sep 02, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    When you've been desperate for a hair cut and the day you wake up to go for your longer for appointment your hair looks bloody amazing...(that will be today, then!)

  2. Linda:
    Sep 02, 2017 at 01:03 PM

    We have the dishwasher of lies - you switch it on and it waits at least 10 seconds before it actually starts. But sometimes it doesn't start at all. Then you come back to it 2 hours later and it hasn't washed a thing

  3. Michelle Abrahall:
    Sep 03, 2017 at 02:37 PM

    Anna, that's in the same league as finally booking a doctor's appointment then feeling absolutely fine on the day!
    Linda, sounds like your dishwasher is crying wolf!


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