Monday, May 1, 2017
#MicroblogMondays: It's not (always) about you
But in the last few years/months/weeks/days, we've started reconnecting to some of these people again. Beyond any discomfort they may have felt being around us and our sad situation, we have realized that many of them were just busy with building and raising their own families, and didn't have much time or energy for anyone outside that immediate circle. Now their children are growing up, or have grown up and left home for college (and the grandchildren haven't started arriving yet, lol...!), and they find themselves with more time for people and interests they once set aside.
In some cases, we've learned there were other things going on in their lives -- illness, mental health issues, marital difficulties, problems dealing with aging parents -- even infertility problems of their own! -- that they (like us) had difficulty sharing with others.
It just goes to show that:
(a) you never know what's going on in other people's lives
(b) it's not always about you.
So, like the Internet meme quote goes -- be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.