I’m gonna tell you a secret.

I don’t ever look at WHO posted something on Facebook before I react to and/or share it. The only exception to that rule is if I’m going to tag someone-then I’ll look to make sure that’s not the person who shared it. But then I just won’t tag them if it is. Who it is that posted something has absolutely no bearing on what I react to. I will only look AFTER I’ve done whatever I’m going to do.

Why do I have this rule? Because who it is has no bearing on what I feel about what’s being said. If your post is funny, it’s funny no matter who said it. If it’s sad, it’s sad, period. If I wholeheartedly agree, that’s not going to change simply because of WHO said it.

There is enough negativity in this world. Everyone has self esteem issues. Everyone doubts themselves. Everyone can use some reassurance. Everyone feels alone at times. So if I think you’re funny, I’m gonna let you know. If I love what you’re saying, or my heart breaks for you, I’m going to let you know that too. If what you’ve shown me has angered me… well, you get the idea.

You can learn so much about a person from their social media. You follow their lives. You root for their sucesses and cry for their tragedies. You see what their hobbies are, who matters in their life, their political views and their inner struggles. I don’t want my opinion of someone to be swayed by any misconceptions that I may have about them- I want to see who they are for myself.

Most of all, I want people to know I relate to them. I want them to know they’re not alone. I want people to feel understood and appreciated and supported. I want to be the person who is the last person on your list of people to call when you’re completely lost. I don’t want a single person to think no one is there. Because there’s a lot you DON’T see on their social media.

I’m here. I’m listening. I understand.

So rest assured, if I give you a lot of laugh reacts, I must genuinely think you’re funny. If you get lots of hearts- remember that’s me genuinely sending my love. If you need a friend, remember all those hearts and laughs and mad faces and thumbs up. I don’t care what your name is, where we know each other from, if we havent spoken since high school or if we’ve never had a single conversation.

I’m here. I love you. You’re never alone.

#mentalhealthmatters #suicideawareness

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