Now, I’m sure by now that everyone has noticed that the internet exploded when Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. And that’s really not surprising…because I feel like that’s kind of what the internet does every other day about one thing or another. In case you haven’t, here is the picture worth a thousand words right now:
And of course my facebook feed is now full of people debating about this, supporting this or saying not so nice things. Also typical. One of these friends, whom I greatly respect actually posted this photo as well:
And I just thought it was so funny (in a really not funny at all way) that these people and the trials they have faced are being compared as if they ever could be. Have you heard of the quote “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,it will live its whole time believing it is stupid.” Now I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way of looking at this situation, and also every other where people compare their lives and problems.
It is a fact that everyone has problems. But it is also a fact that we have different problems. Some are larger than others, that is also true. But that doesn’t give anyone else the right to take away from another person’s success in over coming a battle of any sort. Now no doubt that man in the photo is brave and courageous and should be celebrated…but so should Caitlyn Jenner…but let’s not stop there. We should all be celebrated – because we are perfectly imperfect humans and we are all just trying our best to be our best selves.
So here’s to you and me and our individual struggles and triumphs! Do you have any thoughts on this?