Reminder: We’re All Fighting Battles

Be Kind

By Kate

Sometimes with all the “big” things happening in the world, I forget that people are all struggling with “little” things too. Let me rephrase that, I forget that other people are dealing with those things. I’m well aware of my own personal battles, my day in and day out stresses, the worries that keep me up at night, and the insecurities I hold. I feel my own symptoms of anxiety and I know the things I fear most. So, it’s easy for me to live in two worlds: the big world, the one that’s featured on the nightly news and read about in the Daily Skimm, and the small world: aka my world.

But, there’s another world that exists and it’s happening all around me. It’s the world that hosts the concern a new mom feels, wondering if she’s doing the right thing, trying to balance a new role, feeling exhilarated and exhausted all at once. It’s the recent college grad still searching to find that first fresh out of school job, uncertain of where she’ll end up, how she’ll support herself, and if she’ll ever truly find the right fit. It’s the widow, the broken family, the unfulfilled, the misunderstood, the ostracized.

This week, I’ve had one conversation after another, reminding me of this alternate universe, the one that’s not my personal story and the one that’s not that of the whole either. I’ve been offered an inside glimpse into the daily experiences and struggles that define part of another person’s journey. And it makes me hurt, and it makes me upset, and it makes me disappointed. And, I’m glad for that.

I’m grateful for the painful reminder that we’re all fighting battles. Not just me and not just the world that stretches beyond my personal parameters. But each and every one of us. We’re all carrying scars, both transparent and otherwise unseen. And while that knowledge alone doesn’t allow me to ever truly know or fully comprehend what another person is going through, it carries a reminder that is all too easy to forget: to be kind to one another.

Not just the ones that look the same, believe the same, profess the same, and exude the same. The others too. Maybe them even more so. Because being kind doesn’t require agreeing or becoming apathetic.

A 2010 episode of my favorite show, Parenthood, entitled “I hear you, I see you” hammers this one home. We’ll never wholly understand someone else’s world. And yet, we can see them, and we can hear them, and we can remind them that they’re never alone.

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