What is with us humans?
Why do we have a tendency to trivialize other people’s problems, but when they happen to us, it’s the end of the effing world?
We compartmentalize for our friends:
Hey, at least you don’t have to worry about:
the political nature of Academia; gas prices; sibling rivalry; no buffer zone; working in retail; limited vacation time; being too skinny; student loan debt.
We think: Why can’t they just be happy?
But when it’s about us?
How are we going to make it work on one paycheck? I’m lonely. Am I living up to my true potential? I hate the way I look. She broke my heart.
So no matter how tempting it is to view the lives of our loved ones as a Paint-by-Number, let us remember that each and every day is a struggle.
For all of us.
For we all have an unwritten page to our narratives; it’s that indefinable burden of simply being human.
So, let’s give each other a break.
An impromptu dance party filled with snacks and stories and secrets.
Let us embrace what it means to truly live.
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SnapDragon is an educator, writer, artist, homemaker, and mom who enjoys reading Dr. Seuss to her son.