Yep, I'm great.
How are you doing?
I'm fine :) How are you?
How are things going with you?
Pretty good ::nods and smiles::
Lies, lies, lies. I'm not great, I'm not fine, and I'm not okay. I know people don't really want to hear these things when they ask me these questions, so I instead give them the answers they want. I give them the satisfaction of asking me how I'm doing and then spare them the raw, ugly emotions.
I'm glad they ask, it does show they care. I just wish it were acceptable to give people the real answer. Lately, anytime I'm asked one of these questions I slap a smile on my face and fake it. I'm exhausted. Mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted from having to lie all the time.
So, would it be better to not be asked and then not have to fake it or to be asked, give the real answer and deal with the awkward repercussions that are sure to follow OR to keep going as I am - faking my pretty good's, fine's and smiles?