Consider the Stars…

Have you ever looked at the nighttime sky before and thought, “Those stars… They’re so bright!.. So beautiful!.. So perfect!..”

If so, then you should know… Before becoming that bright ball of light, each star went through a process… This process included very dark, cold conditions with a lot of intense pressure… And, with the pressure, chemicals bonded together, balanced out… And BAM… A star was born…

In the same way, I believe we are like stars…

Many times, forces of life interfere, causing a lot of pressure on the inside of us… And, with that pressure, we become something stronger, better and more balanced than before…

Unfortunately, like gazing at the night sky, we don’t personally know what it might’ve felt like for each person to go through their own transformation to light… Because, well, it was a personal process… Really, only truly felt by one sole individual in it’s fullness…

Which is why I can look at my mom and say, “Life has been painfully awkward without dad… It’s been your own personal version of Hell”…

But, in reality, well I still only SEE what’s happened… I haven’t really felt the intense pressure she’s felt from forces like depression, anger, anxiety and fear…

And because I haven’t felt her personal pain, or the pain of others… Well it’s easy to gaze at this wonderful place we have called social media and say, “Wow, his/her life is perfect!”…

In this space, I believe we miss out on the darkness… Because, to post our pain might be wrong, disheartening and depressing…

And I agree, no one wants to hear us whine and complain… But, I think it’s important to remember that we are all going through something on the other end of what might look perfect and put together… That, for so many reasons, forces of darkness are part of life… And, a lot of the time, they help create us…

So, next time we gaze at life through the space of social media, please remember, what we see isn’t always the whole story… The love, light and laughter we see has a dark side to making it what it is… And that darkness that created the light should be recognized and respected…

Because… Well, it’s part of the story too…

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