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  • Why do I always believe I'm the only one suffering? That I'm the only person I know who is having a hard time? I assume everyone else is so together, so in control, so stable. Then I catch up with friends and discover the same struggles I have as a young mother of 2 are also their struggles.

    Lack of time to ourselves.
    Lack of freedom.
    Not being heard.
    Feeling alone.

    It got me thinking. That this is bigger than my circle of friends. That EVERYONE has some form of struggle, some difficulty in their lives. Duh, right? Then why do most people keep up the facade that they DON'T have any problems? That everything is fine? Why do so many of us find it so hard to put up our hand and say, "Yep, I'm having a hard time"?

    Many a science fiction novel have explored the consequences of living in a world where our emotions/thoughts are transparent, visually represented on us. No more lying. No more miscommunication. The freedom to live honestly, if only because there is no other choice.

    I want to live more honestly. I want to be that person to put their hand up and admit, "yes, I'm finding things tough". Not so tough that I've run out of answers, or hope, but just tough enough that I need a little extra understanding. A little extra compassion. If enough of us put our hands up, maybe we won't all feel so alone in our suffering.
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