Complaining is Not an Olympic Event!

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to treat complaining like it’s an Olympic event? They train for it, they strategize, they even have special equipment (like a well-worn soapbox). But let me tell you, complaining is not an Olympic event, and I think it’s time we all start training for something more productive.

Imagine if complaining were an actual event at the Olympics. There would be teams from all over the world, each with their own style of complaining. The Americans would be masters of the dramatic sigh, while the British would excel at dry sarcasm. The French, of course, would be experts at complaining about the food, and the Germans would be efficient complainers, getting their grievances out in record time.

The opening ceremony would be a sight to behold. Instead of athletes parading around with their countries’ flags, teams of complainers would strut their stuff, each carrying a well-worn soapbox. The judges would be looking for the most creative complaints, the most eloquent grumbling, and the most persistent whining.

But what would the actual events be? There could be a race to see who could complain the loudest and longest without taking a breath. Or maybe a competition to see who could come up with the most trivial complaint. (“I asked for no onions on my burger, and there’s a tiny piece of onion stuck to the bun!”).

The most interesting event, though, would be the team competition. Teams of complainers would be given a situation (like waiting in line at the motor vehicle department) and would have to come up with the most creative complaints to get ahead. The judges would be looking for teamwork, persistence, and the ability to improvise complaints on the spot.

But let’s be real, complaining is not a productive use of our time or energy. It’s a negative habit that can bring down our mood and the mood of those around us. It’s much more beneficial to focus on solutions to our problems, rather than just complaining about them.

So, let’s start training for something more productive. Instead of complaining about the long wait at the department of motor vehicles, let’s bring a book to read or a game to play. Instead of griping about the weather, let’s plan a fun indoor activity or embrace the rain with a colorful umbrella.


When all is said and done, complaining may not be an Olympic event, but it is a habit that can be hard to break. Let’s all strive to be more positive and focus on solutions, rather than just grumbling about our problems. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll have a new Olympic event called positive problem-solving.

One thought on “Complaining is Not an Olympic Event!

  1. Ha ha ha! I love this! Maybe the signature Olympic competition would be a debate, I think, between complaining teams. (I can see the team members complaining about each other – the more dysfunctional the team, the higher its rating.)

    Agree wholeheartedly! I’m overly effervescent to some of my friends and family. I bring this attitude to my editing work: whatever you (my client) has written may resemble the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but there’s a gem somewhere in there – your idea, your passion, the reason you do what you do (otherwise, you wouldn’t have bothered to write anything). My mission as a copyeditor is to find that gem, bring it out into the open, and help you polish its message.

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