I Can Be Sad

Saying someone can’t be sad because someone might have it worse,

is like saying someone can’t be happy because someone else might have it better.

4 thoughts on “I Can Be Sad”

  1. I agree with this statement up to a point and it depends on what the situation is.

    I know when it comes to mental health, sometimes you cannot help an emotional response (i.e you just wake up depressed). The brain is very complex and logically analyzing or rationalizing a situation won’t make an emotional response go away. However in seeking support, going to therapy and other avenues of improving your mental health, it can give you perspective on what you are going through and realize that yes, it could be worse and to count your blessings and cherish what you do have.

    Somewhat of an example is my daughter. She has pretty severe airborne and food (all dairy and egg products) allergies. Sometimes she will get very angry that she cannot eat some foods and start to throw a tantrum saying “my life is horrible.” I try to acknowledge that this is a challenge and not lessen the emotional response she is having but I do try to put it into perspective. I tell her about my Aunt who just came back from volunteering at a Muscular Dystrophy camp and tell her some of the stories of the challenges those kids have to face.

    I think the big lesson I am trying to pass along is that we do not have to let our illnesses define us if we don’t want to. The human spirit, with the right support, can be immensely strong and is capable of overcoming and achieving a great many things!


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