Let Me Be Sarcastic!

I’ve had even less tolerance for positivity and inspirational memes recently than I normally do. And that’s not much tolerance to begin with.


Let Me Be Sarcastic!


Let Me Be Sarcastic!!


Inspirational speakers are my least favourite people. I remember someone in recent years was talking about can’t really meaning won’t and that you would jump off a cliff (or whatever the fuck) if it was for your family or the right amount of money or whatever. It was boring, parts were abelist and the entire thing just downright irritated me.


Maybe I already have the attitude that can’t is won’t, and that I will tell people that. It’s possible. I have a finely tuned bullshit meter, which is actually a very positive thing to have. Though I’m sure an inspirational speaker would hate me for saying that.


Sometimes some people find it healthy to snark. To be sarcastic. To let our inner bullshit meters fly free with semi-reckless abandon. I’m sure I’ve seen links to research that says good stuff about sarcasm. But here’s the thing: I don’t care what the research says right now. I know I like letting snark out so that’s what matters to me…


Is there such a thing as a reality speaker? For those of us who get the quick crankies with inspiration and realise that life always has ups and downs so howzabout we just deal in some flipping reality? Maybe I’ll start a reality speaker’s business 🙂


How do you feel about inspirational speakers?


20 Replies to “Let Me Be Sarcastic!”

  1. My tolerance for inspiration is totally about need. If I need inspiration in a particular thing I will seek it out, specific to that need. The idea of listening to someone for the sake of it? Nope, not so tolerant. I think that’s why one of my sisters-in-law puzzle me so much. She is totally into inspirational quotes, memes, talks….I don’t get it.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I like that – you take it in as you need it. That’s a good balance.

  2. Me too hun, which is why I just adore your writing!
    I can’t handle when I see loads of people blindly following these fools as if they themselves were fools… (Did you see what I just did there?!)

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Oh thank you! That’s so kind of you to say 🙂

  3. I have mixed feelings about inspirational speakers, I find it difficult to find ones that suit me. Some of them leave me wanting something more, others smack the nail on the head straight away.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I’ve found some have been too “coached” in their delivery, and I think that makes the message less authentic.

  4. I say unless you can walk the shit, don’t talk it. I love inspirational people and follow so many it’s ridiculous but that it somehting that helps me fill up my cup. #teamIBOT

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Exactly – I’m all for if it works for you, then hell yeah go for it.

  5. I’m not a fan of people who bill themselves as inspirational speakers. More often than not, they’re just trying to make a buck out of the vulnerable. Really inspirational people just do their thing and help others along the way, without a massive price tag attached. Call me cynical, but I’ve looked at what Tony Robbins charges!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      There is a that aspect to it – making a buck, a bit like faith healers. I still don’t really know who Tony Robbins is, but I’ve heard the name around.

  6. An inspirational speaker is someone who inspires me, usually that’s a person who doesn’t have ‘inspirational speaker’ as their job title and doesn’t charge me to hear them speak. In actual fact, most of my favourite inspirational speakers are bloggers that I follow who are using their ‘voice’ on ye olde internet. I think it’s horses for courses though, have you seen that Tony Robbins documentary? What an eye opener!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      It seems like Tony Robbins is someone I need to look up if I’m talking about this topic – interesting….

  7. I’d rather be inspired by just seeing someone being authentic and living their life in a way that makes anything seem possible if you just keep it real and do your best with what you have. Not by someone who has become a gazillionaire by telling you that it’s just so easy if you follow their fucked up, out of touch steps, ignoring all the shit they were already privileged with to begin with. I admit to posting the occasional inspirational quote on my social media but I also have a good BS radar and I am very picky!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I think you’ve found the perfect word – authenticity. Some of them seem to be “inspirational” but inauthentic.

  8. So what Amy said. Truly inspirational people tend to give from the heart and don’t give off the snake oil salesman vibe. I love genuine people and will gladly pay to hear them talk and LEARN something. But the inauthentic ra-ras leave me cold.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      I think the authenticity, combined with what they might be selling, seems to be the key to being a truly inspirational speaker.

  9. I am a walking contradiction! I LOVE sarcasm like a dear child but I also love that woo woo inspo shit. It makes no sense at all, so I am assuming that it is some sort of yin/yang dynamic. SEE I TOLD YOU I LIKE WOO. WHO EVEN SAYS THAT?!

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Haha you says that! I like walking contradictions – it’s realistic!

  10. Sometimes I am in the mood for them. Other times I want to punch them in the face.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      That sums it up well haha

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