Despite success, anyone can be overwhelmed

In reading some of the tweets on the passing of director Tony Scott, brother of director Ridley Scott, I ran across the words that make up this blog post's title.

Despite success, anyone can be overwhelmed.

We often take for granted the fact that people hurt, regardless of their status, age, or what their life looks like from the outside. From the outside, people may seem happy and well, as though they have their shit together. From the inside, it can often be a completely different story. I don't think there is anyone I know who has not had a dark moment or several moments of confusion, doubt and deep, overwhelming sadness or depression. I know I certainly have. And then there are those who for most of their lives, have had to battle depression, day in, day out.

In a world that sometimes seems to be growing more and more selfish, we sometimes are indifferent to the sadness in a person's eyes or in their words. We miss the hints they leave behind in tweets or status updates, in blogs, in texts, or in the regular excuses for not meeting up to catch up. Sometimes, one just needs to be in tune and "listen". And if you're not sure, simply check in with an email, or a message - just to let those around you know that they are not alone and that someone out there still cares.

With all the things in a person's life - all the trappings of success - life can still be very much an obstacle course. Noone is immune, so one should not take loved ones and friends for granted.

5 comments:

  1. Incredibly well said. I often am guilty of thinking that the beautiful/successful can't have bad days.

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    1. There are days, when despite my laughter and my many blessings, I feel alone in the dark. I do not take people's sad moments lightly cause I know how it can feel when noone really knows/cares.

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  2. How incredibly poignant--and truthful--your words are. A simple gesture like a phone call/visit/email can do wonders for a person's soul. Thank you for this reminder.

    Also I have missed you immensely. Off to catch up now. XOXO

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    1. I have missed you too honey. I have just been awful with social media lately.

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  3. It is way too easy to imagine that everyone else around us is having an easier time, just because we only see their public faces. Sometimes it's a struggle but I do try to accept that everyone has pain - even the people whose circumstances seem so much "better" than my own.

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