Not Everybody is Like You

I’m sat here, thinking to myself. I’m in danger of my thoughts taking me to somewhere very dark and negative so I thought I would write something meaningful and keep my brain in line.

The thought occurred to me that I often get hurt by other people. The majority of the time, this hurt is not intentional by the offending party but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. How could they have been so thoughtless and inconsiderate that they would do something which would hurt me so much? Am I overreacting? Would another person like myself be hurt in the same way? I like to think that everybody else would feel the same way as I do but that, quite frankly, just isn’t the case.

Although there are bound to be people out there who think and feel the way I do, the reality is that a majority of humankind is so different from me. What is offensive or hurtful to me, will be nothing to a great percentage of my peers. This is quite hard to accept, as we all seek to relate to others in one way or another. If we can’t relate to them because of a differing opinion or feeling over something, it becomes harder to connect with them. Harder but not impossible, I might add.

One thing that I often reinforce for people who are having a difficult time and feel like they are overreacting or just acting crazy, is that their feelings are valid. They are valid because it is what is going on in their mind and they feel that way whether they like or not. Perhaps I should remember that piece of advice when it comes to my own mental health and my own feelings of being hurt. It is valid that I feel hurt because, whether I like it or not, I feel that way. What’s important is how I approach the situation and whether or not I am able to figure out why I’m hurt and if it was justified. There is a difference between something being valid and something being justified. I think we all need to find that line, in all aspects of our lives.

This was a bit of a ramble but I hope it’s been thought provoking. Have a wonderful Saturday evening.

Love and Peace

3 thoughts on “Not Everybody is Like You

  1. MutedMouthful says:

    Your post is very timely. I was complaining about how inconsiderate people are and my mom goes “people don’t think like you. You put a lot of thought into things people wouldn’t even give a second look.” Which is my life 🙄. It’s a hard thing to grapple with because you don’t want to seem like a troublemaker and you also don’t want to keep silently hurting.

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  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you for writing this. I am often guilty of saying thoughtless things, and certainly don’t intentionally mean to be hurtful. I think it’s okay to let someone else know when a remark has caused you pain. That person might be grateful to you for pointing it out and being honest.

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    1. Tales of A Bearded Man says:

      I agree with you. Being open and honest about your feelings is a very healthy thing to do. Most people would be grateful that you told them and they may even consider it better in future. The post was really just airing my thoughts on how different we all are and that we all see things so differently. Thanks for taking the time to read it.


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