I just received an e-mail with this quote:
“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
What battle(s) are you fighting? Right now, my battle is exhaustion!! I know that may sound silly, but it is truly a huge battle for me at this point. I don’t mean that I’m just tired. I am flat out exhausted! There is a huge difference. The best way I can describe it is in the form of a story (my own story): At the end of my freshman year in high school, I decided to try out for cheerleading. After a week of an intense clinic, Honors level homework, and other extra-curriculuar activities, I awoke the morning of try-outs and fainted in the bathroom. This was definitely not my first time fainting. I had fainted many times as a child (see the “Health” blog post), but I was usually able to come out of it fairly easily. Not this time. My mother practically begged me to help her get me back to my bedroom. I couldn’t. I was dead weight. Needless to say, I missed try-outs and had to wait until that summer.
The point is: I don’t want to experience that level of exhaustion again, and I feel myself heading that direction. I am overworked (mostly my own fault, I’ll admit) and very short-tempered, and I am absolutely positive that I am not the only one. So please keep in mind that everyone has some kind of battle and they can take the form of exhaustion, anxiety, depression, insecurity, lack of self-control…the list goes on. I am working to try to keep this in mind when I get angry about someone cutting me off (UGH! The traffic in this city!), driving super slowly, not listening to me, not replying to my e-mails…again, the list goes on. You never know what kind of battle(s) someone is fighting.