I’m miserable. And that’s okay.

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash

When you tell people you’re unhappy, the first thing everyone wants to do is pat you on the back and tell you to hang in there.

Why does the default have to be joyous? Why can’t we be comfortable in our misery? Why can’t we acknowledge that sometimes life just really, really sucks, and that’s okay?

Women are especially prone to the bombardment of emotion-policing that occurs when they dare be vocal about their struggles.



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Amanda Friedlander

Chicago native with a passion for prose and an obsession with compassion. I’m radically transparent about my personal experiences in health and wellness.