Don’t you hate it when everyone leaves you alone at home to play video games and take naps on the couch? Or when you are shopping at a store and none of the store clerks bother to come over and ask if there is anything in particular that you are looking for and if you need anything to just go and find them? Or when you are at work, typing away on a blog post and no one bother to comes up and ask if they can offer you some worthless advice to make your post more bitter? I especially hate it when I’m on vacation laying on the beach and not one stranger comes up to me and asks if I want to be their friend. Abendonment is the worst.
Can people like me ever overcome abendonment issues? Perhaps someday with the proper amount of shock therapy and extreme behavior modification, but not everyone or everything can overcome this kind of deep seeded issue.
What can we do for those that don’t respond to the therapy like we do? For instance, how about the poor neglected Jolly Rancher. Every year, millions of kids ignore the fruit flavored, sticky, hard candy until the very end of their candy piles. The captains of the candy teams always choose the Chocolates(Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers,etc) first and the fruity S’s (Skittles and Starbursts) first, then the lesser but still imminently eatable candy’s next, only to be confronted by the bottom of the barrel, and ironically named Jolly Rancher’s. How can a candy be so Jolly when they always get chosen last?
While I am a bit of a bitter dust collector myself, most people aren’t. Dust is perpetually being ignored. Dust just sits idly by in corners of desks, behind unused curtains, covering up your TV. While occasionally trying to get your attention by flitting around in the sunlight, they hope for someone to notice them. Hoping that someone will ask them if there is anything in the store they are looking for. Hoping that someone will bother them on their vacation in the sun. Hoping that one spring, maybe just maybe, they will be invited to a party instead of being shooed away from their corner where they settled. Hoping that anyone other than spider webs will become friends with them.
MySpace definitely has some abendonment issues. Once a huge superstar in Hollywosocialmedia, MySpace’s star rode fast, furious, and hot before flaming out like burnt toast. Once a social media darling, MS’s flashy, busy, more glittery look was quickly abandoned for much cleaner, less busy, and way more useful Facebook interface. MySpace became an E! True Hollyinternet story and sits sadly in a corner of the internet, hoping that someday people will come flocking back for a reunion concert, but knows that will probably never happen.
While the Microsoft family always seems like one big happy family, and some of their children are given special treatment, cough, Windows and Xbox(W&X), cough again, while others weren’t treated so well. You know how it is in some families though. The stars get all the praise, and the bigger allowance and the public praise, while the not so special children get ignored. Microsoft Zune(Y no Z?), always tried so hard, against his rival Ipod, but when none of his friends(ie games) were compatible with him, Zune soon found even his family abendaned him.
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer was a little different. He had a very shiny nose. And if you never saw, you would even say, it glows. All of the other reindeer laugh and call him names and never let him join in any reindeer games. Then global warming came and every Christmas was sunny and Santa came to say, that they wouldn’t need any reindeer with red, shiny noses, because he could see just fine thank you very much and Rudolph never made the squad. Poor Rudolph and his abendonment issues.
I hope you’ve learned much from these bitter tales. Stop trying so hard. Stop thinking you need people. And stop being so co-dependent on others and that way when people abendon you, you will be just fine sitting on your couch, eating pizza and playing video games. Or you can depend on others and learn to be bitter when they do abendon you.
Either way, you’re bitter.
Bitter Abendonment Issues Ben