I work with some real Debbie downers, one in particular who seems to love being sick, and loves to relate everyone else's tough times to her own (but of course her problems are bigger and worse than everyone else's!). Her favourite thing to say lately has been variations of "2012 has been a terrible year for everyone!" Well 2012 has probably been the best year of my life. Hubby and I celebrated our first year of marriage at the start of this month, we fell pregnant in the first month of trying in May, I've made some terrific progress in my job / career, we've done well financially and are both incredibly satisfied with our lives at the moment. Everyone goes through tough periods, but I can't stand it when people will only look at the negatives in their lives.
Another colleagues father passed away and she was diagnosed with bowel cancer this year. But amongst that, she welcomed a new grandchild, found out her daughter is pregnant so will be welcoming another grandchild early next year, found out the cancer didn't spread and they successfully chopped the growth out of her bowel, and she admitted soon after her father died what a massive relief his passing was after being his carer for the last few years with his suffering from dementia. Yet the main Debbie downer always says "poor A, this has probably been the worst year of her life".
MIL also said that 2011 was a $hit year for everyone because she lost her father, yes it was a really sad time for the family but it was a good year for me, I completed and graduated from my degree and also married her wonderful son!
I think people get so stuck in this negative mindset that they really do miss all the good things that happen in their lives because they're too busy looking out for the next bad thing to complain about. It does offend me a bit because I feel like my positive experiences are disregarded just because some people choose to only focus on the negative!
Sorry, just a massive whinge about glass half empty people ;-)