Ever met those people? No matter what is going on in your life, theirs is worse on so many levels? It makes me crazy! Our deployment is not as hard as others for various reasons (in their opinion) and our separation is minimized by others who are caught up in their own cocoon of misery. I get it, it sucks for you too but why minimize what my boys and I are going through. It certainly isn't the way to get me to feel sorry for you, it just pisses me off.
But it's not just in regards to deployment, it's also in regards to kids and the issues we have to deal with. I've never met so many people who want to one up you on their kids diagnosis of whatever. I want to scream, YOU WIN. This isn't something I want to be the worse at so go on and take the lead on this one. People I don't even know will go on and on about things like this...most of the time I roll my eyes and walk away.
I've learned to not even say much because no one is listening anyway and most of that reason is simply because they are collecting their thoughts and preparing to tell me how much easier I have it then they do.