Why Don’t You Just…?

Why don’t you just give up gluten? Why don’t you just stop eating sugar? Why don’t you just go to the gym? Why don’t you just start taking probiotics? Why don’t you just lose weight? Why don’t you just stick to your diet?

Do any of these why-don’t-you-just questions sound familiar? Are there any others that you hear? Here’s my latest article for RheumatoidArthritis.net that goes a bit into this peeve of mine.

“Why Don’t You Just…?”

One thing I’ve definitely learned from living with RA for 20 years is this:  Nothing that involves RA is easy. It’s all difficult and complicated and confusing. There is no “just do this” or “just do that.” The word “just” implies that what you’re about to do or you’re going to tell someone to do is easy, simple, convenient, accessible, fast.

I’ll say it again and I’ll say it a million times over and over for the rest of my life: RA is not easy. It just isn’t.

Hope you like the article!

2 thoughts on “Why Don’t You Just…?

  1. I hate the word “Just” as well. “Just”, never means we or simple, it usually means stupid. I rank it with “All we”, “All we” means you, it never means we. It is right up there with “All you”. “All you” – BS. “All you” means you go do what I say and if it does not work out it is your fault. I hate these common word uses.

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