For most people, life throws some very difficult circumstances their way. It can be difficult for people in your life to relate to the things you’ve been through, as some experiences people can never truly understand unless they’ve experienced it for themself. Here are 11 life events you just can’t explain to another person unless they’ve been through a similar situation.
1. Caring for an Aging Parent
As people age, they lose their faculties, and their minds aren’t as sharp as they used to be. They almost become different people, and taking care of them can be completely draining in every way: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
2. Chronic Disability
Having to live day to day with something that can’t be controlled or remedied can be difficult. The fact that the average person has no idea what they are going through can also add to the frustration.
3. Mental Health Struggles
Many people try to sympathize when someone in their life is dealing with mental health issues. However, the reality is that mental health is incredibly complex and difficult to predict.
4. Experiencing the Death of a Loved One
The death of someone close can be devastating. For the ones they’ve left behind, it can take a very long time to process and may even change the course of their life forever
5. Car Crash
Experiencing a car crash can result in significant injuries depending on the severity of the impact. Not only are the physical injuries something someone might have to heal through, but they can also affect someone’s ability to get back into a car again.
6. Kidney Stones
Believe it or not, something as “small” as a kidney stone can be excruciatingly painful. In some cases, they are too big to pass and can result in surgery to remove them.
Nothing can prepare someone for losing their home. Resources aren’t always as readily available as we like to think. Shelters can be dangerous. Not to mention all the mental stresses endured through lack of privacy, belongings getting stolen, or being in fear for your life.
No one can be prepared for the feelings of betrayal, devastation, and hurt experienced after being cheated on. It’s a sinking feeling in your gut that won’t go away and may cause extreme trust issues that can arise in the future.
9. True OCD
When someone says they can’t stand something being out of place, then follows it with the phrase “I am so OCD,” it’s like a slap in the face to people who live with true obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s more than just wanting to be organized; it’s a debilitating disease filled with many unwanted thoughts and feelings of constant guilt and seeking reassurance.
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11. Parents With Substance Issues
Growing up with a parent who has substance issues can affect a child for their entire life in many ways. They may see or experience things that impact their self-esteem, mental health, and ability to maintain healthy relationships.
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