Jonathan Anthony Burkett once said, “you know my name, not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through.”
What’s your story? What are your struggles? Everyone has them, everyone’s are different. People read other people’s blogs, why? Do you like how they make you feel? Do you relate? Or are you curious to see who else is struggling to find a place in this world?
We do not need to add to the struggles of others. We do not need to “stir” the pot. Why do we do that? We need to learn to explain our anger, not express it; doing this will open the door to solutions instead of arguments. Every time we open our mouths to somebody, how will your words impact that person? When they are at home reading the texts or listening to the message or replaying the moment in their head, how will they feel? And if you are one that has been bullied or has done bullying… double think that. An apology can change a life, and so can forgiveness.
This isn’t a post about anti-bullying and this isn’t a post about world peace. This is a post to hopefully help people realize that the feeling that’s telling you that you’re the only one struggling in the world, is wrong. Our lives are our stories. Each struggle is not the end of the book, it is the beginning of a new chapter.
Think of your favorite book or your favorite movie, if the entirety of it was happy, there was no climax, no heroes, no depth, would it still be your favorite? We love to put ourselves into the characters that struggle and fight for their happiness. We live for the characters that show us that life is not meant for survivors, it is meant for warriors. It is meant for people that can carry their struggles on their backs and continuously fight them and better themselves through them.
So, remember that this is your life. And its okay to be both happy and sad at the same time. And remember that it only takes one person to make a difference and you can be that person. And lastly, laugh today and laugh often because no matter the pain or the struggle you face. Laughter is always the best medicine.