Understanding person-first language and identity-first language.
I wish I could prevent everyone in the whole world from experiencing what I experience.
Sometimes I remember life before marriage. Before kids. Before. Before: when I was out in the world doing things that count. Sometimes I miss being a person who counts."
Right doesn't know, and doesn't want to hear it. Right loves predictability and uniformity above all. Right likes having all the answers. Right will shame people and break them down until they fit into the box of knowledge and know-how they already have.
It is not okay to bully someone for having a different experience than your own. It is not okay to loudly declare that something does not exist simply because you have never personally encountered it. It is not okay to tell someone they are wrong because their life is not a carbon-copy of your own.
I live my life here; between falling into a trembling ball wracked by despair, and soaring with the potential and hope of what is yet to come.
Hurting people look a lot like your best friend, your coworker, your barista, and yourself. No one gets through a life on earth without some amount of hurt and grief.
An offer to babysit without being asked is the greatest gift you can give to a hurting friend who has children.
I would rather be known as the friend who showed up when no one else did, than be known as the woman who does it all.
An acquaintance will check on you when something bad happens. A friend will check on you again and again for weeks or months or years.