Last week I read a blog post. The writer commented about how her children were missing their graduation ceremonies and it was a different experience, blah blah blah…
I commented that I was sad for all the kids who didn’t get to experience these moments of their lives.
She responded by saying that she wasn’t sad that these things were missed because they were strong and those things didn’t matter and they were just fine as they were.
To be fair, this may not have been exactly what she said, but this is how I read it- this is my interpretation of the response…(but really, when we read something personal, don’t we make our own interpretations of the words in front of us? It’s not like I’m going to memorize it and get tested on it a week later- but wait…maybe there is an essay question in this…)
But anyway…after I read this response these were my thoughts in the order that I thought them:
- condescending much?
- what a ^%$#%
- Isn’t empathy a thing anymore?
- Is everyone else taking this situation much better than I am?
- Why can’t I be sad that kids missed out on things they were looking forward to their entire lives without thinking – well, gee, they could be dead and they should be thankful for that..
- The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
I want you to think about how you really feel about the situation.
Not what your friend thinks.
Not what the media tells you to think.
Not what you’re “supposed” to think.
What do YOU think
While I agree that we should try to remain optimistic, if you are not feeling it, it is better to be honest with yourself. It’s only self awareness that will get you through this mentally intact.
The greatest danger we now face is mental not physical…
Are you being accepting of your own thoughts and feelings?
Are you accepting of the thoughts and feelings of others?
Obviously, there’s no grade on this assignment so you don’t have to do anything…
not thinking about this is just as telling as thinking about it…