So, these past few weeks have been kind of difficult for me. I have mostly been dealing with health issues related to insomnia and cervical dystonia. Together, they give me the worst kinds of headaches! As I was driving home last night and the quotation above, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” came into my mind.
I got to work very late because I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. I haven’t had a long or good night’s rest in weeks. As I shuffled through my 8 hours and 45 minutes of torture, I could barely lift my head when I walked–mostly due to my neck weakness–but some sadness too. I feel like my life is a battle, and I am losing it. The physical and mental pain are exhausting.
Then I thought about my coworkers, husband, and friends. I thought about how offended I get when people are not sensitive to my health needs, but I often forget that everyone is struggling through something. Maybe someone was short with me because they are preoccupied with their own troubles, so I shouldn’t take it personally. Anyway, I kept thinking about how overwhelmed I felt, yet if I asked everyone around me to be truthful, they would all have their own stories and battles.
For example, I have a beautiful friend, who I thought had the most perfect life. She does have a wonderful life, but now she’s battling cancer. I have other friends who are so happy on the outside, but when I talk to them, they are hurting deep inside–they live with wounds that others have inflicted on them emotionally. I even have another friend with similar health issues to mine. I see her shuffling through the day, sometimes, too. And when I say that I shuffle, I mean that I barely pick my feet up. The pain is no joke, y’all.
Even though my sample size is small, if 100% of the people I’m close to are battling something every day, I’m going to venture to say that so is everyone else.
I know it’s idealistic to wish, but I think that if everyone kept this idea that they’re not the only ones who are hurting and struggling in mind, we might be kinder to one another. As a result, I think everyone’s burdens would be eased.