and today

This is a thing that happened today and I wanted to think about it for a few hours before I shared it with anyone… So here, digital diary… It’s December 10th, 2015 and:

Today I was walking in the Greenbelt and I passed a woman, about my age, crying on a log. I felt her pain in my heart, but kept walking forward. After all, it was not my job to intrude into her life. I could feel for her and think about her, but that was all I was expected to do.

I walked for another 20 minutes until I found myself back at that girl, still crying. I, again, walked straight past her but after a couple hundred feet, I stopped. My breath was taken away by the thought that it wasn’t my job to comfort that woman at all. But my very reason why I’m here. On this Earth. On this path of the Greenbelt. At just this time.

I thought about how “we’re all just walking each other home.” I thought about how it’s not my job to intrude into her life. I thought about how every fiber of the fabric of my being was pulling me to tell her that she was not alone.

So I turned around. I walked straight back to her and she pulled a headphone out of her ear and I said:
“Hi. From one stranger to another: you can do it. Whatever it may be, you’re strong enough for it.” And then I smiled, so hard.

I had been so afraid that she would yell at me and tell me to go away. But instead, as I nervously spoke, her pained face turned into a smile.

I have no idea what was happening in her life. I never will. I have no clue what’s going on in your life either. But I do know, lovely reader, that you are so not alone. And I know that you can do this. You are such a champion. And life is going to throw ridiculous obstacles at you that will bring you to your knees. Stand. Even when the weight is heavy.

I hope you never repress an urge to tell someone, anyone, how wonderful and loved they are. Because we all deserve to hear that.

Share some love with whoever you may be with right now. And do so with no regrets.

We’re all so human. And so pained. And so full of struggle. And so capable of helping to relieve the pain of others.

Let’s act on that, cool?

Love,
Juliana

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