Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
Last night, I had dinner with an old friend. More often than not, we have the same conversation: one of us (it rotates) confesses insecurities and fears, and then the other expresses reassurances that that particular monster in our head needs to go back into the dark recesses that it crawled out of, and never show its face again. And it is always disappointing to be the one confessing that somehow, when we weren't looking, this beast managed to take up residence in our head again. And it's always awesome to be able to truly buoy a friend's spirits by recognizing all the things that they seem unable to see about themselves.
The long and short of it is that life is not easy for anybody. We all suffer in our own ways, and those ways may be hard to share with others (vulnerability can be scary!) -- meaning we're left with a burden that we carry alone. And it doesn't even matter what that burden is compared to someone else's, all that matters is that we are hefting it solo on our shoulders, all like Atlas in our own right. In a word, this is [poopy]. There are 7.037 BILLION (and counting) other people on this planet. What if we could all just link elbows, be shoulder to shoulder, and grin big at one another? I bet we'd feel a lot less alone, and we'd probably be able to put our burdens into their rightful perspective.
Anyway. There's a thought that I keep revisiting in life, one that I keep probing like it's a loose tooth and I'm 7 and so excited about the possibility of magic happening once that tooth comes out and I fall into swift dreams with it under my pillow ... and it's that we need to remember what it is like to view the world as a child. We need to look to the wise sages (fictional or otherwise) who have a lasting impact on children across generations -- some of my favorites are Dr. Seuss, Mary Poppins, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle, and Roald Dahl -- and rediscover our inner selves once more as children. Maybe then we can turn on the lights in our own heads, and see that there is no monster awaiting us.
And if we can't... well... at least we have friends who will help us stand proud with confidence, right? Right!
Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. -Line from the Holstee Manifesto