2020 has been a year of loss. Whether it’s loss of experiences, social connection, school, work, or loved ones, we have all had something or someone taken from us.
The universal grief we are all feeling has never happened on such a large scale. Everyone has experienced loss, everyone’s life has changed, some more so than others. Everyone expresses their grief differently, too.
Sometimes, though, when we are all going through this universal trauma at the same time, it can start to feel like the Olympics of Suffering. We’ve all had those conversations that devolve into trying to one-up each other on suffering. When these conversations start happening, it can be easy to fall back and believe that you don’t deserve to feel bad because it appears that others have it worse.
It’s important to remember, though, that everyone’s journey is unique. Everyone’s experiences are valid. Your grief is valid.
If you need help, you are allowed to ask for it. If you’re having a hard time coping with the loss you’re experiencing, even if it doesn’t seem as severe as someone else’s, tell someone. You are important. You are loved. You are worthy of other people’s time. You are not a burden.
We’re all in this together, and that means you don’t have to do this alone.