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my friend lauren has been there for me for years. we were never the type of friends to hang out every day, or gossip about boyfriends, or even go shopping together. it seemed like we got together when both of us unconsciously needed an outlet or something. 

a few months ago, after volunteering at the justice center, lauren & i both were talking about a specific thing we both struggle with. we were sharing common symptoms, interests, knowledge, and more. as she was talking, i couldn't help but think, "this girl can see right through me! she's like speaking to my soul." haha. 

after the blogger meetup, as i was driving back to draper with lauren, we got on the topic of trials. and before you know it, we were both opening up about our struggles and hardships. this does not happen, people. i am a pretty closed person when it comes to personal problems but lauren is one heck of a girl. and she made me feel like i wasn't alone in what i was facing.

we have all heard the quote by pluto: 
"be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." 

i have always loved that quote. but i never realized how true it really is. if you know someone who is always happy, constantly smiling & laughing, it doesn't mean that everything is going great in their lives. people are struggling. the majority of people...are struggling. be aware of that. and also know that you aren't alone in what you're facing. 

8 comments

  1. That is some great advice and a great friend! It is very true that everyone is struggling, I just wish more people understood that.

    Cody

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  2. I love you!!!! I'll be thinking about you this week girl! :)

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  3. Love this reminder! Sometimes we can feel so alone in our struggles. But these kind of friends are the best...kindred spirits, as Anne Shirley would say in Anne of Green Gables!

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  4. I wholeheartedly believe in this Quote, everyone is going through something, so it is better to be kind. You are very lucky to find a friend like her!

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  5. Just found your blog and was surprised that I wasn't already following you, what the heck?! Loved this post! My husband is a super closed off person, but on our first date he pretty much spilled his guts to me. He said he just "knew" he could trust me, I guess that was the start of it all right? haha

    Bri Rios
    breezydaysblog.blogspot.com

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  6. thats one of my favorite quotes as well.
    glad you found her.

    K

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  7. so so true. that's something i've always thought about. everyone has a story...everyone is feeling and hurting and loving and falling for someone and breaking. EVERYONE. not just myself. it has helped me try and see situations from other people's perspective. "what they did really hurt me. but what are THEY feeling?" there's two sides to every story, really. and remembering that everyone feels has helped me remember that.

    i sure love you!

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  8. I love that quote. It is so true.

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