If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s disappointment. Whether we’re struggling with finances, rejected from the dream job we applied for, or mourning the loss of a loved one, none of us are immune from bad days. But we live in a society that expects us to show the world the very best parts of ourselves at all times. When we are vulnerable, we’re expected to show vulnerability in socially acceptable ways, leaving most people to mask what’s really going on inside. Conversations about conflict, grief, anxiety, fear and depression are avoided, glossed over, or presented in very neat packages and wrapped up in talks of hope and possibility.
As an entertainment attorney from a small town living a “dream” life in Los Angeles, I’ve commonly had people tell me they wish they could have my life. People are often taken back when I begin to be transparent about things I struggle with, my fears, or the many I hardships I’ve endured over the years. I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a kid, and living alone across the country from most of my friends and family has its challenges. Instead of covering up the pieces of my life that aren’t perfect, I’ve learned to embrace and share them confidently.
The truth is, pain is just as important to our growth and development as joy. Hope and possibility are beautiful things, but there’s also beauty in our areas of struggle. In the words of the famous poet Rumi, the wound is the place where the light enters. Talking about things that trouble us not only allow us to process our pain in a healthy way, speeding up the healing process, but it can also liberate people who are struggling with similar issues.
BAD DAYS TOO is an original short series that details the pain and struggles of those who we often assume don’t have any, or have built reputations on top of perceived perfection – Christian girls, athletes, social media influencers, grandparents, etc. Our goal is to normalize uncomfortable conversation, and promote healing through transparency.