I scoff at the idea of haggling for a better price.
I tell you that it’s no big deal when you get incorrect change at the drive through.
I tell you there’s nothing you can do when you get passed over for a promotion … for the third time this year.
I deride you for “doing the best you can with what you have” and remind you that it probably will never be good enough. So why even try?
I tell you “that’s just the way it is,” when your car insurance rates increase.
I tell you that the doctor probably knows what he’s talking about and you don’t need a second opinion.
I heckle you to “just let it go,” when you know should stand up for yourself.
I tell you you’re not smart enough to understand anything about investing. Forget about it.
I belittle your pathetic attempts at time management. What did you buy that calendar for? You’ll never use it.
I tell you to just roll over when you get denied on your latest health insurance claim.
I tell you you probably can’t finish your degree with your work schedule and it’s not even worth it to try.
I mock you and say, “get over it, there’s nothing you can do,” when your identity is stolen.
I tell you that opening that high yield online savings account isn’t worth your time.
I tell you that creating a budget is more work than it’s worth.
I tell you that debt is normal and an emergency fund is weird.
I ridicule you for even thinking you could get a better rate on your credit card.
I tell you that hard work may pay off in the long run, but procrastination pays off now.
I tell you to stay on the couch and watch one more program.
I jeer at your attempts to learn about life insurance and convince you to put it off one more time.
I tell you to stop caring because no one else seems to.
Who am I?
I am APATHY.
I am your worst enemy. I suck the life out of your existence. I rob you of pleasure, motivation, direction, and goals. I am the King of all Vices. I take from you all your hopes and dreams and I give you nothing in return but depression and despair, vice and venom, scorn and sneers.
My mortal enemies are ACTION and PURPOSE. They disgust me to no end. Against them I have no power because they present a moving target. Though my aim isn’t very well developed, I never stop shooting the arrows of mockery at them. I also hate their cousins, PLANNING, LOVE, and RESPECT. They always show up after ACTION and PURPOSE have established their GOALS and set into motion a to do list that is easily accomplished.
Trust me, those guys are hard to live with today (but people eventually get used to them). Me? I’m easy to live with NOW, though I may cause a few problems in the future, but hey, we’re friends, right?