You don't get it.
If you do nothing else in this life, you should try every day to practice empathy. Or if you can’t do that, at least practice sympathy.
We all know the phrases about walking in someone else’s shoes, trying to see things from another person’s point of view, or leaving our own opinions and assumptions behind when trying to understand a situation. And these are crucial pieces of advice. After all, it doesn’t always matter what we think or feel on a given subject, especially when it doesn’t directly affect us.
Yet today, we’re all too familiar with people holding their personal feelings above anyone else’s opinions, even on matters they really don’t know anything about. Speaking our mind is great, but listening can be much more effective.
And yet even as I preach about empathy, it needs to be said that there are some things we will never, ever understand, not even if we’re surrounded by them or if our closest friends and relatives experience them. But just because we’ll never understand them doesn’t mean we can’t help.
More Than Just a Headache
That shit knocks you on your ass and people are around throwing the word about like you gonne be productive with an actual migraine.
When I have a migraine, i just drop everything im doing and go home. Throw blanket over window. Prepare ice pack. get puke bucket. benadryl and a fan then i pass out. Theres no productivity out of me. (_Goose_)
Panic attack/phobias (oneovaryfreak)
Panic attacks, yes. And depression/anxiety. I had my first panic attack a little over two years ago which came out of absolutely nowhere. I’ve since had several more and can’t begin to explain what it feels like. It has led to daily anxiety since I constantly sit and fear another attack, which has led to depression because I don’t feel like myself anymore. It’s really a terrible cycle they I’m unsure how to overcome. (dignified_fish)
The death of a loved one. Knowing that you wake up the next day and they’re no longer in the world. Knowing that all those things you wanted to say to them or do with them are no longer an option. Seeing something that reminds you of them, and you want to call them and tell them about it, but then you remember that you can’t. (PianoManGidley)
My dad is an identical twin and passed away when I was 16. Seeing his twin right after he died was majorly weird. About a year after his death, the twin dropped by without telling us and I fainted, because I opened the door and saw my dad. They even have/had the same facial hair, freckles, and taste in clothing. Hanging out with my uncle, especially as time passes, is like watching my father age from the grave. A lot of people don’t understand why it bugs me, since “it’s been such a long time I should be used to it.” (Sanebow)