For the past 3-4 hours, I did not much more than read PostSecrets. And it’s seriously made me feel a lot better about my current state in life. Whether people are worse or better off than I, everyone has their deeper problems and secrets that the world doesn’t see.
I was feeling down and annoyed prior to reading all of the secrets (I read over a years worth), but they made me re-realize several things, a few of which are:
1) Whatever you’re dealing with, it could be worse. There are so many more worse off. You’ve got food to eat, a roof over your head, and people that love you. Stop drowning in self-pity. It could be so much worse.
2) Random acts of kindness go a long way. Helping someone when they least expect it, or making someone feel like they’re not alone can spur miracles. Compassion is a gift. You could save a life, maybe even your own along the way.
3) There’s so much more life to live. There are so many more things that you haven’t experienced yet; so many more people to meet, things to try, sights to be seen. Conclusions about your life shouldn’t be made when you haven’t finished living it yet. Life’s an adventure; embrace it.
4) It gets better. Both good and bad memories will be made in your life, but sometimes you have to tough it out through the bad ones in order to make good ones. But in the end, getting through all of the bad will be worth getting to the good.
I feel as if I connect with so many of these anonymous people. It’s a comfort to see that I’m not alone. I hope that all the people that wrote into PostSecret know that they’re not alone either, and that more people than they imagine can relate.