I’m a bit fed up. Well, ” a bit” is not completley accurate, I’m very fed up. It seems that by virtue of being from a different country I’m never allowed to get frustrated or annoyed with the natives actions.
If I express an opinion about politics I get told to “go back to America, then.” If I express frustration with customer service I get told to get over it. If I’m frustrated with a colleagues behaviour I get fobbed off with the “it’s just banter” excuse. (racism=banter, sexual harrassment=banter) I just feel trapped. Stuck in this horrible place of feeling uncomfortable and even offended, insulted or hurt but not being able to say a thing about it because it just gets looked at as “taking things to seriously” “not having a sense of humour” being “confrontational” a “cultural difference”, etc.
I just want to be taken seriously. Even if nothing ever comes of whatever the issue is, I just want someone to take it seriously and understand and not just be so flippant and insulting about it. I can take a joke. I have a very good sense of humour. I can banter. Give me that much credit.
Part of me thinks “just get over it, Erin. shut up and let it go.” but then another part of me says “You shouldn’t have to!” and I don’t know which part is right or what to do. Complain about things I know are wrong and try to change them- or just keep my head down and shut up?
Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel completely and go home. Where if nothing else, no one ever throws the “culture” excuse at me.