August 30, 2019 | David Chung

Frustrated People Share What's Currently Making Them Furious

It's okay to be angry. The world is riddled with problems, and as humans, we can't help but feel frustrated. Various studies have shown that being open about the things that make us angry is a great way to relieve stress. While you might not get the problem solved, getting it off your chest is the most important thing. Holding these issues inside can be very unhealthy. It could even lead you to do something that causes bigger problems. The following people have come clean with the things that simply tick them off. From troubles in the workplace to relationship woes, you might find yourself relating to their situations.

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#1 Just A Teenage Dirtbag, Baby

I don't know if I should cut ties with my teenage nephew. When I lived with my sister for a few months, he was constantly nasty and rude to me. First offense: he texted me asking where I was in the store. I told him my location, then he said, "Don't talk to me. I hate you," with an angry emoji. I told my sister and she yelled at him.

He somehow was jealous of me because he thought I was always given everything I wanted (which is not true). I use my money to buy my things. Second time: he told me I was more stupid than a dog, for no reason. He said it out of the blue. He apologized since he was forced to. Third time: I had bought a monthly refill for my WiFi (it only lasted a month). He commented out loud, "We all know you're spoiled." I politely told him that I paid with my money, but he just scoffed and walked away.


#2 Going By The Book

I can't take a more lucrative job or I'll lose my state healthcare. My medical costs are so great and permanent that having to pay any share, even a small percentage, would probably bankrupt me (I have a lot of health issues). I feel stuck in this town because I'm not earning the money to leave. I'm trying to earn off the books but it's going slow.


#3 Life On Hard Mode

I’m chronically ill and people always tell me to “take it easy” on bad days, but I just can’t. I can’t afford to get a good night’s sleep and I can’t “treat myself.” As much as I would love to relax on a bad day, I just can’t. I'm in school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., five days a week. I get home and sleep because the odds are, I only had about six hours of sleep the night before, then I wake up an hour later and alternate between homework and anxiety attacks. There is no “taking it easy” anymore.


#4 It Must Have Been Love

I just ended my relationship with my girlfriend. I could tell that she had fallen in love with me, but the issue with that was I didn't love myself. My depression was relapsing and hard. My girlfriend was everything I ever wanted in a girl and I care about her so much that I had to let her go. When I get super depressed, I get super angry and hurt the people closest to me. I want her to be loved by someone just as much as she loves them. I don't think it's fair to her that I can't love her. I hope she can find someone that will treat her with as much respect and kindness as I did. I also hope I learn to love myself so I can love her. She was my world.


#5 No 24-Hour Frat Parties Here

I'm a freshman in college and I really hate it because I don't have friends. I can talk to people but I don't really know how to keep a friendship going (if that makes sense). I also don't have hobbies and I've applied to several jobs but no one wants to hire me. So I basically do nothing I enjoy or do anything productive during my free time. College isn't what I expected it to be.


#6 Stand In The Place Where You Work

My job sounds like a dream to most people, but I hate it with a passion. On the majority of days, there isn't much work to do, so sometimes all we do is work slowly for 12 hours or just stand there until one box comes down the line. I've heard on overtime, there will literally be no work for most of the departments, so we're basically earning free money. Every day is slow... and I hate it. I hate that I have to stand there for nothing when I could be at home. Sure, the pay is good and we're practically being paid for standing there, but it sucks.


#7 Father Doesn't Really Know Best

I feel like my dad doesn’t love me as much as my sister. He doesn’t do anything violent, but whenever something happens it’s somehow always my fault. I have a younger sister who could do anything and get away with it, yet I get screamed at for leaving a cup in my room. I know that a lot of other kids go through this, but I already have self-confidence issues so this just knocks it down even more.


#38 Mr. Miyagi Can't Save You

I just started martial arts. Things have been going pretty well these past few weeks. Everyone takes their time to show me moves and teach me the proper form. Then, at some point, this Russian guy, who’s usually in another class, decided to join mine and started striking me like it was real combat. I’m a white belt who’s only been at it for about six weeks, so you could imagine my frustration when he starts yanking my arm around and twisting my wrists.

He refuses to react when I perform a move because I’m not giving enough pressure. Yeah, because unlike him, I’m just trying to learn and I’m not trying to hurt anyone. This guy is on the demo team now, so he pays money to be there every day and show off. I don’t know how to deal with it. I don’t want to say anything because I don’t want people thinking I’m being a baby or less than a man or something.

However, he pulled my arm so hard it popped audibly last night and for once the instructor was there and told him to slow his roll a bit. I almost quit, but the instructors have been good about it when they notice it. I have to wonder if this guy singles me out, or if he’s that rough with everyone, but it doesn’t seem like anyone else is complaining.

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#9 Climb To Safety

My great uncle just passed away. I'm about to go to his wake and funeral tomorrow. Before this fall semester started, I spent the summer by myself since I had gotten out of a relationship right beforehand. I was so excited to get back to school and meet some new people, but I just wasn't talking to as many people as I should have been. I've started pushing myself again, so that should hopefully clear up as I get myself back out there. I think I was just in a bit of a rut, and now I have to climb my way out.


#10 Slave To The Wage

I got "promoted" at my retail job from $10 an hour to $11.50 an hour and it comes with all the extra hours I'm already getting. Due to being continuously short-staffed, I'll be on the register for a while. I make just enough to pay bills week to week with a tiny bit extra. I do a lot of closing shifts which end at 9 p.m. I end up eating McDonald's way too much because I rent a room in my parents' house and I'm always too tired to cook after a 9- to 10-hour shift. Every day I have off I get a call asking if I can come in and work. Due to lack of money, I always generally accept. I come home tired, mentally fried from dealing with the public and I have no desire to do the creative things my brain is wired for. I end up going to sleep. Four weeks go by like THAT and I'm like, "Didn't it used to be summer?" I totally love this economy. Live to work so you can live.

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#11 Living A Homeowner's Nightmare

Due to Hurricane Florence, my house is at risk of flooding. I've never dealt with flooding before and I'm very nervous about it. Part of me says it'll be fine, the house is good; the other part of me imagines three inches of water inside my house. I had to evacuate for a second time (first due to the hurricane itself) and it's super scary.


#12 May Your Kindness Remains

I am tired of judgemental people who only care about the task, they do not care whatsoever about others. It's like they forget that there's a human being on the other side trying to accomplish the job. They care so much that things are done to a certain standard that they will force people to suffer without a care in the world. It only gets worse when you are the one who cares. You let people get off and pick up their slack because it's been a long day and you know they just want to go home and rest. That's fine, especially if it's a two-way street of the same respect. But the people who refuse to give me that same kindness that I show them are just the worst.


#13 Love Across The Atlantic

My wife lives in America and I live in England. We have to stay this way for 12 months at least until my green card gets approved. Funds are low so it's hard to pay for flights here and there and in the past four months, we have been able to touch each other for just 10 days. It hurts more than anything I can imagine.


#14 A Father's Darkest Timeline

My son is now 1 day and 11 hours old and he's already hooked up to a ventilator with a chest tube. He, and in turn my wife and I, moved down to a specialty children's hospital last night. I don't exactly know where I'm going with this but I just need to tell someone. I've never felt more stress and emotion in my life. I love my little boy so much and it just rips me to the bone to know there's nothing I can do past trust his doctors. They're doing amazing work but I just feel completely powerless.

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#15 Suffering A Financial Blow

I lost my job. I loved working there—I was so proud of my work. I never blew my deadlines, I always checked my work afterward to see if I did anything wrong, I was helpful... And yet they chose my coworker over me and laid me off. I wonder if I did something wrong. Every time I think about it, I want to cry. I went to college thinking that, if I graduated in the one thing I knew how to do, I would have a chance to be independent.

But I guess I'm not good enough, not even in that. Not even for an entry-level job that didn't pay enough for a living. It was very hard to find that job, and as an autistic person, it is very hard for me to go through interviews. I don't want to go through that again. I'm miserable right now.


#16 Hit The Brakes

I got rear-ended on my bike today. It's only been my third time taking it out on normal roads. The bike still runs, and I'm not hurt, but seriously? He wasn't paying attention and I got hit. Now I'm dealing with insurance, my mom is freaking out a bit, and I'd just gotten comfortable riding it to work. Now it will be in the shop for weeks. I'm glad no one got hurt, but it's still frustrating.


#17 A Swift Kick In The Pants

There’s nothing wrong with my life, I’m just really, really lazy. I keep making up problems to keep myself from doing what I love, and I never thought I’d ever become so self-destructive. I’m trying my best every day to counter this, and I’m so scared of waking up one day and realizing I haven’t done anything. I’m also really scared of my next birthday because I don’t want to get old. But I’m coming to accept things and it’s getting better. I just need to get over my fear, worry, anxiety, and need for reassurance. I can do it, and so can you.


#18 Between A Rock And A Hard Place

I'm trapped. I'm a college dropout who had to move back in with his parents due to debt and being unemployed. Life at home is troubled: my mother is a manipulative, violent, emotional tyrant and my father is always tipsy. They both are abusive and deserve one another, but their carefully manufactured image makes outsiders believe they are just another normal, happy family. If I had money and knew where I wanted to go in life, I'd leave them behind and never look back.


#19 Too Much On Their Plate

I just finished with an arthroscopy on my knee. I have no job at all now, I am just running around doing odd jobs for people to make money. I am furious with myself due to constantly being unable to do the things I used to do. I hate that I have put on so much weight over the last few years, but there is just no access to fresh food in my rural area anymore.

I am tired of being poor. I am trans but can't afford to even start to make progress on that. I hate where I live, hate the job options, hate that I can't ride my bike anymore, and hate that I can't walk or stand for long periods of time. I am constantly tired; I feel like my time to start transition is slipping away, and to top it all off, I think a number of people in the town have somehow learned that I am trans, and do not like it.

I am starting to think I have some kind of mental condition, I can't focus, I can't remember things, I can't even force myself to eat half the time. Everything here sucks and I just want to leave, but I have no means or money, and no skills or education to get me a job worth doing. I feel trapped, and I hate it.


#20 Reaching Those High Notes

All I've been doing for the last three years almost every day is practice singing. I had a garbage voice and I was just getting goo, but I haven't been able to sing for two months. My throat has pain in it and it perpetually feels like I've got a lump in my throat. I went for a week without singing or even talking much, now I'm going for a month and hopefully, it'll be better.


#21 Not Smiling Makes Me Smile

Why do people always think there's something wrong if I'm not smiling? I just don't feel like smiling. When I smile, you can barely see it, but that doesn't mean I'm sad! Literally, I had a teacher who kept me in the classroom after each lesson for about a month in total because she thought I had depression. NO! I'M JUST NOT SMILING, THAT DOESNT MEAN I'M SAD!


#22 All Dogs Go To Heaven

Earlier this year, my dog died. He had to be put down because of arthritis in his spine and he couldn't walk anymore. He was 14 and everyone tells me, "He lived a long good life." That doesn't make me feel better considering I hadn't been able to see him at all in the last three years since I had to move and the only place I could afford wasn't allowing pets.

I raised that doofus from when he was a puppy. I grew up a good distance away from any of my friends, so he was like a little brother and my best friend growing up. I recently had a dream about him since he passed and it made me realize I never got to say goodbye to him. Even when I moved I was so sure I could see him again and now I never will. I loved him and I had to let him go. I will never see my best friend and little brother again.


#23 A Digital Disaster

I just had a huge fight with my husband that resulted in him smashing both of the kids' laptops and the modem. I probably patronized him more than I should have but I'm so angry that he thought it was okay to do that. Now, I have no computers, no modem and no money to replace the stupid things. Oh, and no husband because I kicked him out. So on top of all that stress and dealing with extremely upset children, I'm worried he's taken our car to go wrap it around a tree somewhere.


#24 Missing Those Stomping Grounds

I just moved to a new city for three and a half hours from my family for a job.  I’m really lonely, anxious, and homesick. I feel like I’m trapped here forever. The job isn’t bad, but the distance from familiar people and places has really screwed with my anxiety. This is my first job out of college. I’m in a specialty field and there’s not a lot of job postings in my home state. I worry I’ll never get to go home. Some days are better than others with the homesickness—yesterday and today have been bad. On top of it all, I feel really stupid for feeling homesick like this at 26 years old.


#25 Thin Isn't Always In

I’m relapsing from anorexia after almost three months of maintaining a healthy weight. I’ve lost five pounds already, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it put me from the “thin but healthy” BMI category right back into the “underweight” one. I don’t know what to do. It’s killing my boyfriend to see me slip back into my old habits, and my mom literally begs me to eat enough every day. Sometimes she cries. This just hurts so bad but I can’t stop it.


#26 Mama, I'm Coming Home

I want to help my parents pay off their mortgage so they can retire, but I'm on disability and even paying half of what I get into the mortgage account feels like the biggest struggle. It feels awful as a kid that failed to live up to potential expectations, and while I'm not a burden per se, I wish I could do more. I hope we don't lose the house when they legitimately get too old to work.

#27 These Aren't The Breaks

A buddy of mine just had a stroke at 31 years old. He was dealt a pretty rough hand in life, to begin with, and then about 12 years ago, he was in a horrible car accident and suffered a massive brain injury. He’s the nicest dude ever, and even with his injury he’s still a very loyal and hard worker, but he’s a bit slow and repeats himself sometimes.

Instead of showing compassion, every employer he has had has been an absolute creep to him. They insult him and are always incredibly demeaning. He finally found a good job as a custodian at a school, and even though he gets bullied by his coworkers, the teachers like him and his boss seems to be a supportive guy. Then the guy has a stroke out of nowhere at 31 years old...

His mobility came back in a few hours luckily, but he’s almost completely blind now and the doctors aren’t sure if he’ll fully recover. He could’ve died in that car accident, and certainly, the stroke could have been a lot worse. But I’m just heartbroken that this guy can’t catch a break. I own a small company and would love to hire him but he’s just not able to do the work nor am I able to really help him since I just bought a house.

So I guess if you’re reading this, be thankful for whatever health you have because who knows what the future will bring. And take chances on people who are different or handicapped. You’d be surprised what people are capable of if you just give them the time of day.


#28 New Life, Same Person

I'm transgender. I've been trying to access hormone replacement therapy for a while, and it's really not going well—all anyone seems able to do is refer me to people who will refer me to other people. They're referring me to each other. It's a closed-loop of referrals. Meanwhile, no one will take me seriously as a man. Everyone just keeps telling me it's difficult for them because this is new to them... and I get that, I really do, but there's nothing I can do to help them.


#29 Playing The Name Game

I’m not married and recently had a baby who took my partner's last name. Now I feel really left out that I don’t have the same name as my own baby and I kind of feel like I don’t belong in my own family. Pre-baby, I didn’t have any strong opinions about changing my name if we marry, but now I’m definitely on board to take my partner's name. It’s ironic to me considering I am a feminist. I find it awkward in situations like making a doctor's appointment for my son and having to use both full names to identify us, and I get anxious that people don’t or won’t believe I’m his mother.


#30 Started From The Bottom

I'm taking my national exams (A-Levels) in 50 days and it'll determine which university and what courses I'll be able to take. However, I just got back my preliminary exam results today, which is like a mock exam that will prepare me for the actual exam, and I got really terrible results for all my subjects. I'm like, at the bottom of my class despite studying very hard. I'm really angry at myself for not being smart enough and everything.


#31 A Completely Outdated Boss

I write for a living. I've been working on a project with a small team for months, and we're meant to be publishing our 100-page write-up tomorrow. Today my boss sent handwritten edits to the draft by emailing pictures of each page from a phone camera. Just about every paragraph has a change, written in pencil. My boss has terrible handwriting and a terrible phone camera.


#32 Struggling To Survive

I've been living on a cement floor with no baseboards for over a month because my insurance company messed up with the adjuster. They said they would pay way less than the damages. The adjuster didn't account for half the square footage. I'm tired of being dirty and living in a pigsty. Also, work sucks and I'm working over 76 hours a week for $3,000 a month. Downtrodden would be the word to describe my life right now.


#33 Shelling Out For Hope

My son might have autism and sensory processing disorder. He's too young for a lot of testing, yet I get calls from the school all the time about his behavior. Seeing a therapist is going to cost us a fortune. His school is one of the best in the area yet they are very limited on what they can give us without a diagnosis. I just wish I could help my kid.

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#34 Can't Engineer Happiness

I’m having serious anxiety issues as a senior computer engineer. I’m struggling so hard to maintain an even slightly healthy lifestyle, I’m pretty sure I have insomnia, my roommates constantly make fun of me and it’s getting on my nerves, and my girlfriend who I really love more than anything is too busy to make plans with. I feel like I have no one to talk to and it sucks.


#35 Clogging Up The Phone Lines

I work at the ER in a major hospital in one of the largest cities in my country. I'm so sick of people dialing 112 (my country's 911) for even the slightest inconveniences. If you're not dying, dead or close to being either, call your own doctor or the emergency doctor of your region! We are so incredibly busy and overworked, it would be so nice to be able to actually help the people most in need, instead of the growing amount of adults who think that a three-week-old injury requires emergency attention.


#36 Roommates From Hell

My roommates have been turning on the central cooling 24/7, jacking up the electric bill to $400 even though they can barely afford to pay their own portion of the bills. On top of that, they use my dishes like self-entitled jerks, which wouldn't bother me if they didn't leave a mountain of dishes in the sink and then complain about how my girlfriend and I are leaving a mess around.

Half the time, we go out to eat because neither of us feels like cleaning up their mess. I've talked to them about this too and they are adamant that they are not the problem. Seriously, if you haven't moved out of home for college yet, make sure that your roommates aren't complete idiots. You don't want to deal with inconsiderate roommates, trust me.


#37 One Bite At A Time

I recently started therapy specifically for bulimia, which I've suffered from for 10 years. Almost every day, I'm mad about how out of control it got and how normal it became. I can't do it anymore. I'm sad about the toll it's taken on me and I'm finally noticing. I'm still terrified of gaining weight. I just want to enjoy food.


#38 More Money, More Problems

I broke up with my boyfriend because I lent him $2,000 dollars and he didn't pay me back for months. I pay all the bills and I just can't handle the pressure of supporting him financially anymore. He works but he doesn't get paid reliably because we live in a foreign country that's in crisis. I feel bad for him because I know he's trying but I have grown resentful of his irresponsible spending habits with his money and with mine. He doesn't seem to accept that he's irresponsible because he's going through a rough patch.


#39 Hunt For A New Ride

I’m in desperate need of a car. I have some money saved up and I am able to afford it, but I have absolutely no clue what to do next. I’ve tried looking online but nothing explains it easy enough for a 21-year-old (who has no knowledge of car payments, loans, etc). It’s really getting to my head because I’m thinking, “I can get a car, but I just don’t know how.”


#40 Mixed Signals Everywhere

I've been slowly developing romantic feelings for a colleague of mine. We've been hanging out for a while and it just kind of happened... Earlier this week she noticed I wasn't being myself around her and kept insisting I tell her the reason. I kept putting her off but she called me after work and said she'd come over for us to talk.

I reluctantly agreed but I was already pretty tipsy. I just kept on drinking until she came. I somehow mustered the courage to tell her and it was all a blur. I just know she tried to rationalize all the reasons why it wouldn't work—us being colleagues, the age difference, and all that—all the while we were touching and kissing. I'm super confused now, we still hang out a lot, we're going to a concert later today and I don't know what to do...


#41 Choosing Business Over Pleasure

I've been dating this guy for a month or so now. I really like him. He's amazingly sweet, kind, wonderful, gorgeous and gentle! For the last few weeks, he has been working out of town (about two hours away) and he's back now. For whatever reason, he's barely texting me and doesn't seem to want to spend time with me.

I've asked him if everything is alright and he said, "Oh yeah everything is great! I've been so busy with work, I'm so sorry for making you think otherwise!" The worst part is, I know he's not that busy with work because he's always going out with his friends according to his Instagram stories. Every time I ask him to do something, he ignores me. I'm getting fed up! I really like this guy and he's just messing with me. I wouldn't be shocked to find out he is my future husband. He's so amazing but he's acting like such a jerk right now.


#42 Working On Their Terms

I know I’m more qualified than the job I’m applying for, and I know I’m more qualified than the manager doing the hiring. The company doesn’t understand that I don’t want the management job, nor am I looking to “leave in three months." I just want to work without all the stress and time required by a higher position. Quality of life matters so much more to me than a title. I can pretty much work independently and be fine, so you can focus on the other people under you that aren’t up on their skill set yet.

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#43 Everyone's Swiping Left

It sounds stupid, but I had terrible luck with Tinder and in general, I'm just not particularly great at talking to new folks. Once I get a chance to shake off the new person nervousness, I'm usually pretty decent at holding good conversations. My ex and I split up a few months ago. I tried to make it work out again, but one night, I just had the most random realization that it's not what I wanted.

I've been reconnecting with a friend from elementary school, but the issue is she lives about nine hours away and just got out of a pretty long term relationship, so the odds of her wanting to be in a long-distance relationship are slim. I don't, I guess it's the Tinder thing that has me the most bummed. I'd like to think I'm at least somewhat handsome, and it's not like my standards are overly high, but damn, going an entire week without a match kinda sucks. The last time I had tried Tinder, I had a few within the first couple of days.

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#44 Pride In Your Work

All of my help volunteers for my table at a local Pride fair this weekend aren't coming so I'll be alone for most of the day. That means no bathroom breaks and no breaks to walk around and make friends with the other tables. I make jewelry and have been gearing up for this for weeks of nonstop work. I feel like I'm going nuts with no less than five events this weekend, starting on today and ending Sunday night.


#45 Return Of The Slack

Just why in the actual SHISH KEBOB did my boss rehire the jerk who never shows up to work? I've covered shifts for this awful excuse for an employee at least 20 times over the summer. I rejoiced when he finally lost his job. And now he's back. I know that soon, he'll miss his shifts and I'll be called in. Again.




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