“Just smile. It is scientifically proven that smiling makes you happier. Maybe that will help your sales!”– Employer
If smiling helped I wouldn’t be where I am right now, fuckface. If all of this shit was about feeling ‘happy’ I could easily find a way to cope.
I am told too often how I am supposed to feel from people who profess to have answers on who I should be.
***FREE ADVICE TO MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE GIVERS***
Shut the fuck up and listen! Be available to listen. Be willing. Be compassionate. Be visible. Reach out to be available. Just be there, because the reality in my life is that I am just trying to … BE. No smile needed; just you.