We often think strength is associated only to the brave, the courageous, the undefeated. We forget that choosing to walk away from a loved one requires strength. Grieving for a loss is strength in itself. Overcoming an illness or disability is strength. Strength is opening up about your abusive childhood years to another. We tend to overlook the daily struggles the person next to us faces and look miles away. We idolize big names and international faces. Call them heroes and look up to them.

Are we missing out on something significant and apparent? I think so.

We trivialize the struggles people we know face and always make a mountain out of our own hurdles. We grow up answering questions and handling issues with black and white answers. And when someone’s answer doesn’t align with our categories, we classify them as wrong, rubbish and warped logic. We overlook that some issues can have a grey area. Some issues have to stand the test against time and will iron themselves out when enough time passes.

We can do better. You and me both.


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