Okay am I the only one that NEVER knows how to answer that question?!
Now–In all seriousness, how are we supposed to respond? I feel like to truthfully answer that question “How are you doing?”, it would be a very long complicated answer every single time! For me, it’s never just a simple “Oh I’m doing great!” Oh honey, my life is just not that straightforward! Ha ha ha! I will never pretend that my life is perfect because that does no one any favors. However, what usually ends up coming out of my mouth is “I’m doing okay.” Or my most recent favorite “Well, I’m still alive!!” It is true and It is just easier than explaining how much life sucks that day! And I find it keeps me sane if I keep my sense of humor especially when it’s a bad day. And I think if they heard how I was really doing… they would run in terror! LOL, funny because it’s true!
I recently went to a convention where the speaker told us that we should always respond with “Unbelievable!!!” or “Amazing!!” when someone asks us how we are doing. Their reasoning was because it’s positive and it is refreshing to hear such an enthusiastic response. I see where they are coming from, but I disagree! To me what is refreshing, is honesty! When I ask someone how they are doing, I genuinely want to know what is going on with them. Just saying I’m amazing, whether I mean it or not, seems disingenuous or just fake. You aren’t going to make any connections with people by doing that and it’s just not how I roll.
Being raised in the South, I do have polite conversation drilled into me, so it is hard to part from that. However, every time some one asks me that dreaded question–I still freeze for a little not knowing how to answer! To be polite or to be truthful?? What to do! Ha ha ha!
How would you respond to the question– “How have you been feeling?”
I want to hear your witty replies! The funnier the better!