Isn’t that what we all need, someone to show up for us when we are facing the crippling fear of the unknown, a crushing sense of loneliness or when doubt engulfs us. Whatever others perceive, done of us are immune from those struggles; they are part of being human.
“I’m scared too”, she said. What powerful words.
Is there anything more comforting than to realise that you are not alone in what you're feeling?
I’ve been seen as aloof, distant and standoffish. If only they had known the deep internal struggles that were holding me captive. And maybe that’s what motivates me to gravitate to the person I see standing on the edges. I have a good idea what they are feeling and going to spend time with them is my way of saying, “I’m scared too”.
I remember a very wise man once saying to me, we can’t help someone move beyond where we’ve moved ourselves. Can I really understand grief if I’ve never experience the depths of pain and loss that ravage every part of my being? Can I comprehend the paralysing power of fear unless I’ve known it first hand?
“I know how you feel” can so easily be no more than a cliché and it hurts more than it heals. But when someone stands with you, in all their vulnerability, even if that’s just to say, “I don’t know what to say, but I’m here”, our world can change. And when someone is willing to share that they are struggling too, there’s a level of oneness that lets me know I’m not alone.
In her acceptance speech at the recent Peoples Choice Awards, Pink said, “Kindness is an act of rebellion”. How true. Rebellion against the indifference that plagues our world, against power and greed and self-interest. Rebellion against racism and the belief that some people matter more then others.
Kindness and love and just showing up can change a life and maybe even change the world. I know it did for one little girl, ““Come on, I’ll take care of you, I’m scared too”.