But what's the point of speaking in response to that? I mean, presumably if you're still hung up on this person, you can say, "Hey, great. Let's get back together!" But if all the problems in your past relationship (or at least the most significant ones) were there, then why would you still be hung up? What's wrong with you? Do you still have sex with that RealDoll whose manufacturing defect accidentally cuts up your junk every third insertion? Hopefully, you've moved on with your life. So, really, when vindication comes, there's really nothing to say. What's the point? You don't want them any longer, and once someone admits they're wrong it's really petty to stick it in their face. Plus, in order for someone like that to admit they're wrong, they've no doubt destroyed three relationships since leaving you, so you'd really be kicking someone when they're down. All you can really do is have make-up sex, be selfish in bed, and never speak to them again.
Wait, no. I mean, say thank you and wish them the best.
When Someone Doesn't Take Your Advice, Suffers, And Asks, "Why Me?"
Nobody likes a busybody. Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean people should listen. Some people reserve the right to ignore you even if this is America. (Unless you're not reading this in America, in which case: What's it like not to get shot at constantly?) The point being, this is not an entry about how hard it is when people don't want to hear your advice. What I'm dealing with here are people who actively seek your advice, ignore it, crash and burn because they didn't listen to you, and then come to you crying.
"I know you told me not to drink pure gasoline while juggling torches,
but what I want to know is, WHY AM I ON FIRE?!!!"
When this happens, it takes the strength of 10 men to keep from saying, "I told you so!" Saying? It's nearly impossible to keep from screaming. From holding them down and tattooing it across their stupid forehead, because, y'know, in fairness, you fucking told them so!
But you don't. Why? Because, again, not kicking someone when they're down is as hardwired as saying thank you for presents you don't want and your feeling of self-preservation when you let your boss get away with murder. And that's a good thing, really. It means you have compassion for someone who's hurting. Or maybe it comes from maturity -- the realization that the kind of people who are too stubborn to take advice they're asking for are still unlikely to learn their lesson after falling.
"OK, so you were totally right and I heard you say it again after the last time,
but seriously, WHY AM I ON FIRE??!!!"
And while you should probably bite your tongue in the interest of maturity and compassion, there is a little bit of comfort you can take from this situation. When they come to you again for more advice that will never be heeded, you can keep biting your tongue.
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