I think I am one of the few people who are intrigued by things that least fascinate others. I am reminded of that frequently and often end up thinking that I am weird.
Weird or not, I am who I am today because of that – the woman who draws lessons from everything and everyone around her.
In fact, some of my greatest life’s lessons have been drawn from toddlers while they were clueless that someone was observing.
The other day, I walked in on my 5-month-old niece crying and I got carried away starring at her. Instead of helping, I was awkwardly smiling and watching and no one understood how that was my first instinct. I was particularly intrigued by her courage. I kept wondering how she discovered that crying would get her all the attention she needed.
Words were out of the question since her sense of speech has not yet developed, but she made sure her message was heard one way or another. Every second she lay there unattended to, she made sure her helplessness demanded all the attention she believed it deserved.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for most of us.
We are usually overwhelmed by our burdens and we unnecessarily bury ourselves in self-pity. We become victims of our own pain and ego, to the extend that we are too ashamed to expose our vulnerability even when we know that is our best option.
Before you start thinking that no one cares about you, consider the possibility that they have no idea what you are going through. Everyone else is consumed with their own issues and may never notice your struggle.
The only way they will know is if you tell them what you are going through; and the only way they can extend a hand is if you ask them for their help. Find a way to get the message across.