There is a bluntcard which has a picture of two ladies chatting. The one is smiling and saying that the second one is getting dangerously close to her level of success….. and that she may have to stop pretending to be happy for her.
It is meant to be a humorous message with sarcasm lurking beneath. We’ve all met someone like that (although they may be polite enough not to say it out loud).
The thing about being an adult is that you think behavior like this will be a thing of the past. That as you and those around you age, tact will be the norm. People will think before they speak. We’ll all be a little kinder and nicer to each other. And yet I have people in my life who seem to make schadenfreude their full time job and wouldn’t know how to be happy for others if their lives depended on it. Often these are the same people who are great in a crisis (or anything with a drama element that draws them in). Have something nice or positive to share and it is blank stares and long silences. A tumbleweed blows past. Want a compliment? Post it on FB and then they will gush all over it. But don’t bother them with something nice that happened to you IRL – you save that for social media when you can get pretend likes and comments
I don’t know if I’m getting older and have less time for nonsense like this but if you cannot be happy for others or you have to make yourself the star of attraction in every single get together it isn’t a great trait.
I’m sure others can relate. A Bluntcard is funny as a joke but not as a regular feature of a friendship. If you cannot be genuinely supportive of friends and happy for the things going right in their lives then you cannot accurately refer to yourself as a friend.