The year in review? Well, sort of…
We all have struggled throughout the day, the weeks, the months, and the years. This too shall pass we say, but… getting something to pass and waiting for the moment when it passes is not how life goes. Nope, the struggle and the wait are real.
For example, as terrible as this sounds, we waited for my aunt to pass. Sounds so awful, however, watching someone struggle and so close to death for nearly two months without recuperation in sight is sad.
While my aunt did pass on nearly to the day of my uncle’s passing last year it was hard to witness. She struggled and made us very sad throughout the process. Hearing someone say that they want to pass is never easy.
Then there is this…
Much like myself, my brother is going through a divorce, but he and his ex waited a few years before joining the divorce lineup. This too is a terrible struggle. Breaking up is never easy. Relationships are never easy. Divorce can be harder because of the long-term relationship. However, some long-term relationships can be just as hard.
As I have experience in both, it is a matter of time. Much like my spill on the asphalt with my scooter, I will heal but the memories will last forever.
Such is life, we all struggle with physical, mental, and trauma in general. Life does go on and time waits for no one. One of my favorite radio hosts in Toronto, Jim Richards struggles each day with his anxiety and mental illness. Listening to Jim, one would never be able to tell but like many of us, his struggle is real.
As the year draws to a close, we must touch on this as it is more and more an issue each day. I have had some close relatives and friends struggle with mental illness.
This is one reason I love to people-watch. The other day I met a person from TikTok. As we went through some writing tips and ideas, I mentioned how much I love to people-watch. I love seeing families and individuals. Mostly I prefer watching couples. New couples are the most fun. The honeymoon phase is something to be envied. The happiness, the joy, and the excitement of another human being in your life. Now, this could be a one-night stand or the beginning of something amazing. We watched a few people together in a restaurant and tried to make up our own stories about the people we were watching.
However, all this happiness and joy could be masking some amazingly difficult lives, this is why I love watching people. Many of these people could be happy and truly want relationships. While others are out to play, destroy and are generally bad people. Why do you say? Oh, I wish I knew, but many people cause much pain and damage to others.
So next time you see someone happy on the street or in a restaurant, watch them for longer than 5 minutes, try not to be a creep about it, and see how you see them and see if you can spot the struggle…
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