I believe I am suffering from 'friend fatigue'. You know, that feeling that you are constantly listing to the concerns and complaints of friends, struggling to find the nice words they want to hear, taking on the obligations that they need from you. It's not that they don't appreciate it because they do. But you finally are just momentarily tired of it. If they really, really needed you, you'd be there in a heartbeat, but they keep needing you for things that they don't really need you for. Does that make sense? To listen to the small slights by a daughter-in-law; complaints about the boss that was too bossy; the constantly too busy, over-scheduled friend who uses that to show how important she is, especially compared to you who always makes time for her. I thought my extra week at the beach would cure me of this but it hasn't. I want to tell these 60 year old people to grow up and act like adults. This is not high school and things don't always work the way we want them to. Your daughter-in-law is not going to be your daughter and the more you push the more she will push back. Your boss is right - you are a crybaby and you should just put your big girl panties on and move past it. If you don't have time for me then stop making dates and then changing/cancelling them - when meeting with me is a priority then call me but don't have me put you on the schedule and then switch it at the last minute. I, too have a life.
OK, so this is a complaint and that's what I'm complaining about. And I apologize. But you can stop reading anytime you want. And now, complaint over. I'm going to go meet with friends at the pool.