Some of the people dearest to my heart are dealing with overwhelming pain right now.
God has blessed me with the ability to truly be able to hurt for others, to understand and feel what they’re feeling as much as I can without actually being in their shoes. It’s a blessing that I’m beyond thankful for and would never trade.
I only wish it didn’t clash so badly with pragmatism. I’ll never hesitate to drop everything if someone I love needs support, and I never apologize for doing so, but life would be so much less complicated if “I was being there for my hurting friend” was as valid a reason to be excused from class or homework as personal illness. The world does not have its priorities in order, and that never ceases to frustrate me.
More on that later.