Survivor?

Here’s something I don’t understand. Have you ever heard the phrase “I’m a (blank) survivor”? I never got that. You don’t hear me going around saying “I’m a child abuse survivor” when I refer to what religion has done to me until I was 9 or “I’m a bully survivor” when I refer to my school experiences. Why make exceptions for people to say “I’m a cancer survivor” or something?

I’m going to skip the back-story to this post and just jump right to it’s throat. Let’s examine the phrase first without the contraction. “I am a cancer survivor”. We can view this a couple of different ways. Let’s start with one you are probably not thinking of and it is “I am a cancer and survivor”. Well, obviously the person says they are a cancer and a survivor. Which means they probably need purging because I don’t want a cancer of a person, especially of the ignorant kind. Let’s look at it a different way then. “I am a cancer survivor” So you admit that your cancer is still within you and still thriving. What was the point of telling me this?

But really what this phrase is is a label. A label that says “Hey look at me! I had something bad happen to me! Feel sympathy for me!” No. It just does not work that way. You are a worthless attention seeker who thinks that because something happened to you you deserve recognition. You do not. We all have our problems, you are not special. That being said, the next person who comes up to me saying I’m a survivor of something is going to get the following response: “I have a friend who has died at the hands of extremists in the military and you want me to care about your little problem why?” Then I can go into the idea of him dying to give you the right to boast about your insignificant problems. If you cannot get over something that has happened in your life, you will not be able to do anything worthwhile with it.

I don’t know if I’ll do a year in review post this time around, since there’s really nothing to review of interest.

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