I have been on both sides of this. People saying “it’s been 7 years... I was much better by then” and then “oh I am sorry I shouldn’t complain you have been through so much worse” it’s infuriating. 1. I am me. You have no idea my struggle or even why I struggle so badly. You may not understand my guilt or shame or whatever, so happy you were “better” but I am not and probably never will be now leave me alone. Then 2. Wait. What? No no. It’s ok. Please don’t feel like I can’t listen or help you or be a shoulder I can. I can empathize, yes my dear your mom, brother, dog, best friend, divorce, lay off may not sound as hurtful as losing a child but it is YOUR WORST HURT at this very moment. YOUR worst hurt is just that. The worst thing you have dealt with, let me help you. Let me love you. Let me be your friend.
Please don’t discredit my feelings or my strength.
Why do people do this?