Sometimes, it feels like everyone has it all together except for you. Everywhere you look are people who have it all figured out for the next ten years and then, there’s you. You don’t even know what you’re having for dinner tonight, let alone what’s in your path five years, or even one year down the line. It feels like the world is spinning too fast and you’re at risk of falling off the planet altogether.
BREATHE. You are not alone in this. There is nothing wrong with you and I promise you, gravity will not abandon you anytime soon.
Behind the Picture
Often, we assume we know people and their lives better than we actually do. We forget that we only see what other people want us to see and with that, we miss most of the story. The girl who has our dream job doesn’t share the tons of interviews she went on before she landed that job. She doesn’t share her struggle with mental health that affects her daily. She only shares the perfect pictures with the world– the good times, the perfect-fitting suits, and the success. We assume we know her life, but we don’t see any of it. This is not to say she is not doing well and her successes shouldn’t be celebrated, but rather that it is not all picture perfect. She does not have it all together all the time– she’s just convinced us she does.
Making it Through
Personally, I find there’s something comforting when you take the mask off and see the reality of the world around you: everyone is making it through their own struggles, their own way. That’s the thing though: everyone is making it through. The Earth hasn’t stopped spinning and people with struggles are not spontaneously combusting. Everyone is fighting through, day-by-day, because that’s life. Life is not about having the perfect picture, but rather about making it through our struggles, scarred and bruised, and coming out the other side with a smile on our face.
I think life might even want us to embrace our baggage and our wreckage. It is the moments with no direction that truly determine who we are. It is when nothing is given to us on a silver platter that we find our strength, determination, and path. We live in a society that so badly wants to stuff our struggles under the carpet, but when we do that, we lose out on showing the world the most beautiful and bright parts of ourselves.