Shut the f… up
Two old friends whom I haven’t been in touch with for almost twenty years have responded in a similar way to my tale of woe. It basically boils down to ‘Shut the fuck up …do you think you are the only one with problems and shit to deal with? We will listen for a while but then we have things to do …’ Ok. Bit of a conversation stopper. Empathy zilch. Sympathy nope. Tough love or just plain harsh?