SPOILER ALERT: It’s not about you.
Someone’s distance from the group text message could be anxiety … it’s not about you.
Someone’s anger could be fear … it’s is not about you.
Someone sharing funny memes during a scary time might be their way of coping … is not about you.
Someone sharing serious memes while you’re just trying to find some joy … is not about you.
Someone’s homeschooling schedule could be the only place they feel a sense of control … it’s not about you.
Someone’s lack of a homeschooling schedule could be their way of finally letting go of control … it’s not about you.
Someone’s choice to try to start a new workout program during this time might be the one positive thing in which they are finding peace … it’s not about you.
Someone choosing to binge watch Netflix while you are working hard on your career or job … is not about you.
Someone’s feelings about cherishing this time with their kids might be the perspective that’s helping them fight off the fear … it’s not about you.
Someone’s feelings about wishing they could get a break from the people within their walls is their right to feel however they want to feel … it’s not about you.
So often we let someone’s opinions on social media fire us up … make us start to get judgy … might upset us… make us feel bad about what we are doing … make us wonder if we are doing enough …
But if there is ANY time to start to evaluate your own ability to simply live inside your own truth no matter what and block out the noise of “everyone else”…
… it’s now.
If there is ANY time to practice empathy … and remember that not everything is always as it presents itself … it’s now.
YOUR TRUTH … is about you.
Someone else’s isn’t.
Let’s fight to honor our own, while allowing others to live theirs, too.
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Brea Schmidt is a writer, photographer and speaker who aims to generate authentic conversations about motherhood and daily life on her blog, The Thinking Branch. She also owns a newborn, children and family photography business Photography by Brea. She and her husband raise their three young children in Pittsburgh, PA. Follow Brea on Facebook!
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