The struggle is real.

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.

Mental illness.

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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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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