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Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.
This is a quote that resonates with me and possibly many others. In life, we all have donned a couple different masks in order to get by in life. As Tina Williamson stated in her article about wearing masks “But then, imagine a strong wind gust sweeps through the party, blowing all masks off. It’s mayhem, faces are exposed, for maybe the first time, wrinkles and all.” This is significant to the fact that we depend on our masks to excel in social situations. The most usual is the smiling masks, where as social psychology will term it, a matter of self-presentation. This is the degree to which we depict an image of ourselves to others by our behaviours. An image that could possibly be true or not, but an image that we choose to have them believe, that we need them to believe.
More Alike Than We Think
So often, we feel as if we are the only ones experiencing certain problems. Dealing with issues that had seemed so massive and kept on piling up. Issues that had limited our breathing spaces, and made it so hard to think. We all have found ourselves in autopilot when we are battling certain things. Appearing at places and calling persons, that later have us wondering how we were able to achieve such feats when our world had seemed to be collapsing. Everyone is really fighting a battle that might seem small to others, but seems like a war to the person experiencing it.
In engaging and interacting with persons of many different nationalities and with many different backgrounds, this is a numbing realization. A knowledge that problems in life does not favour anyone. It is simply a matter of fact that anyone can experience difficulties in life.
It is a fact that everyone copes with their problems differently. Some persons have perfected their poker faces; to the point that others might be shocked if they are to divulge anything that is being a bother to them. So many articles have been published so that awareness can be brought to the general public. Awareness to show that depression and any other mental illness does not have a face. There are so many walking among us that are truly dying inside. In going forward, if there is anything that you can do to make someone’s day a little bit better, DO IT! A smile, an encouraging word, any act of kindness, it will surprise you to know how little things like that can truly help others. Just a small act can change a day for the better.