Who cares if I'm sick?

We’ve all done it. We have lied or told half-truths when asked the question, “How are you?”

How many people in our lives do we share our true level of pain with, the pain we feel every day, physically and emotionally? As I walk down the school hallways each day to refill my water bottle, I pass a Teacher who always says “Hi!” and asks “How’s it going?” I smile (a forced smile) and reply “Hi! Good.” The other day I caught myself saying in my head “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.” I am anything but good. When asked how are you by a co-worker or a store clerk, it’s more of a common courtesy question. Am I being rude by not responding when asked how I am doing? Or is it okay, since they are not asking for real because “How are you?” is simply a greeting, not an invitation to unload your daily list of complaints. Can you imagine if I replied, “My neck and back are causing me a new intense pain. It hurts to turn my head. It is causing headaches. I can’t get the right balance between not able to go to the bathroom […]