This photo was taken in San Francisco over two years ago.
So much has changed since this moment.
Three and a half babies have been added, one has been taken away.
All of us have been hurt and damaged in so many different ways since that night, and when I think about just how much…
I’d rather not think about it.
Sure, we “know” each other on the Internet. We know that she lost a baby, she lost a child, she lost a pregnancy, she lost a best friend, she lost a sister, she lost a husband, he lost a wife, her dad may die any day and that she just received a diagnosis of cancer. For the most part we handle each other with kid gloves. But all these “shes” that live in your computer also have real lives. They are the frustrated mom at the mall, the grumpy lady in the checkout line at the grocery store, the impatient woman at the pediatricians office, the jerk that cuts you off in traffic.
It’s funny that we can see and accept the scars and the wounds of our virtual friends online but sometimes in real life we are unable to give the people around us the benefit of the doubt.
If five people in one picture who were practically strangers two years ago have had so much happen to them since the photo was taken?
It’s safe to say every single person out there is nursing some sort of wound. Be it fresh, freshly healed or a deep painful scar.
I wish we could all act in a way that nurtured the broken hearts around us instead of assuming that most hearts are cold and hard.
Please take better care of each other. We are all so much more alike than we are different.