Direct honesty can seem impossible in the moment because moments go by fast. Before you end up in that moment, get to know and practice this three-step process to prepare: Recognize, Contextualize, and Respond.
Support doesn’t have to be someone who directly addresses your pain. It can be whatever doesn’t feel toxic just to have a haven away from numbed-out denial smiles
Certainly, there is power in positivity, but it’s OK to say, “Well, this fucking sucks.”
No one knows the harder side of life better than my mom. And life continues to pile on for her. But I watch as I’m headed in the same direction she is. And it terrifies me.