Do you have the time to listen to me whine about nothing and everything all at once?

I am one of those melodramatic fools, neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it. Sometimes, I give myself the creeps, sometimes my mind plays tricks on me. It all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up. Am I just paranoid or I am just stoned?


Ok,  I was having a little fun there because sometimes I just amuse myself. Anybody out there realize I was quoting a green day song in that first paragraph and the title? The song was basket case from their album Dookie. So why I am typing Green day lyrics today? Funny you should ask.

We had a very small meeting today at the 7am today. One of the guys I really like listening to was talking about how he was all excited to get a sponsor back in the day. He talked about how he was going to vent all of his problems and get this guys ear and then his sponsor tells him he don’t want to hear his problems and to get over it. That kind of cracked me up.

I have a different perspective when it comes to listening to peoples problems. I personally like giving newcomers the space to vent a bit. I feel it can be cathartic and I want them to know. Personally I am at the point of my sobriety where I will spend some time talking about problems but I am more excited to talk about how I can get into the solution. How can I work on myself? Where did I go wrong so that way I can learn and improve upon it.

Anyhow, I think my friends sponsor made a really good point though. So with those two differing philosophies where do you stand in terms of listening to somebody talk about their problems? Feedback is very welcome as I think there are endless possibilities when it comes to good answers on this one.



2 thoughts on “Do you have the time to listen to me whine about nothing and everything all at once?

  1. Well, I guess I’m kind of bitch because I don’t like listening to other people’s problems. Or maybe I should say that I’m not good at it…my mind wanders sometimes. It also depends on who is doing the talking. Yes, for addicts, it can be very good for them to talk things out, especially as you mentioned, if they are new. But there’s only so many times you can hear the same story and then I don’t think it’s very productive anymore.

    I tend to listen to my family members vent, more so than a stranger. I mean, I think it’s a requirement of being part of a family. After all, they’ve listened to me rant and rave. That’s all, I guess.


    1. when i was younger it was my role to be the listener. I got really good at. So good that reacting to others became a way of life. But i really struggled initiating a conversation with a stranger. This is a big reason why i need a blog. Great input thanks

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