For whoever needs to hear this right now:: your pain, suffering, fear, disappointment, and anxiety is just as valid as anyone else’s. This pandemic has us all struggling in different ways. I’ve had multiple people in the past week tell me about some way that they are suffering, and then promptly discount their own suffering by comparing themselves to other people stating other people have it worse. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from chronic illness, it is that you can hold both gratitude and grief at the same time. You don’t have to choose between the two. Hold them both. There is room for it all. We are more in touch now with the human experience than we’ve ever been. We are humbled by our fragility and encouraged by our perseverance. We don’t have to choose one specific feeling. They are all valid.
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