Friday, August 8, 2014

it's okay to be sad

There is an endless list of horrible things going on throughout the world.

It's not hard to recognize that this person has it worse than you, or that person has it worse than you, or that entire country has it worse than you.  And I think it's good to recognize that, most of the time.  It allows us to be grateful in and even for our circumstances.  It motivates us to make necessary changes in the world.

But sometimes, in those moments of personal hardship, we think about those other people or those entire countries, and we think we're not allowed to feel sad.  We're not allowed to feel hurt.  We're not allowed to feel hungry or tired or miserable, even if it's only for a few minutes of the day.  Because, hello, someone else has it worse than you!

Go ahead and be grateful.  By all means, save the world.

But don't feel guilty because you are having a hard time.  Don't feel guilty because you are sad.

It's okay to feel that way sometimes.

Just remember that the source of relief and happiness is the same for all.

And if you just need a pick-me-up today...

You're welcome.

1 comment:

Katie Elizabeth Hawkes said...

It is probably a fact that I can't look at those pictures and feel sad about anything. And, I like this post. We're allowed to feel sad about our own problems and not feel silly about it!