How are you -really- doing today?

However you show up today, the world can take it.

Today, some of us can’t sleep.
Tomorrow some of us will walk this earth with less energy in our bones.
Yesterday some of us were cheated on by partners, and our hearts crack in our chests with each footstep we make.
Some of us are battling depression.
Some of us carry a weight that dares us to lift our feet and get out of bed in the morning. Our pride and shame make us afraid to tell others in case they think less of us.
Some of us are on horrendous diets in order to lose weight because we’re blinded by perfectionism and the scars of the cruel words others have said–words that sprung from empty hearts.
Forgive them, for they do not know you. They had no idea of the impact that these words had.
Some of us are broke.
Some of us are eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches on Wonder bread, waking up each day chained to scarcity and a fear of being homeless.
Some of us are grieving, staying up until 3am speaking words to someone who will never speak back, letting the transparency of salty tears stain our white sheets.

These people will walk beside you today.
They may smile.
When you ask them how they are, they may reply “good.”
Because we live in a society where we are afraid to be anything but “good.”
We are even afraid to tell this to those who love us when we are weak.

~ Janne Robinson


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