I never thought I could love a dog the way I love Zoe. I’m a clean and orderly person. I let some things slide here and there and, like Monica Gellar, I have a closet where I stuff things I don’t feel like dealing with. But for the most part, I’m extremely organized and by the book.
Zoe, on the other hand, is a delightfully chubby, mess. She sheds hair every millisecond of the day, she plops down for naps whenever she damn well pleases, she licks various parts of her body and then tries to lick others with that same tongue… the list goes on. Allowing Zoe into my life, to steal my heart, definitely is unlike me. Slowly but surely, it happened anyway. And I’m happier for it because from Zoe I’ve learned some very important things…
It’s easy to feel alone when you’re going through a tough time. But you are not alone. Every single person, in some variance, has experienced or will experience the same universal truths as you. Find solace in this companionship, no matter how singular your problems feel. Without knowing it, many of us are leading parallel lives. The more people I meet, the more I realize how many fears, experiences and emotions I share with them. I hope this list of universal truths will help you realize that you are never alone, even when it feels as if you are.
Saying everything I want to say is going to be hard for me because I tend to hide behind my writing. When I write, I become a different person. A more confident person. I get to edit and delete things, no one ever knows where I started and what my writing process looked like throughout, they just see the end result. Writing makes me feel safe. And I used writing as a shield for so long that now my thoughts get jumbled up when I do attempt to speak up. I’m not as eloquent as I feel in my head and I end up hardcore screwing up my intonation (like sometimes I yell when I don’t intend to yell and other times I awkwardly mutter things). It’s just easier for me to listen and respond, rather than talk and engage. I’ve gotten so used to this and hiding behind my writing, that I simply don’t speak up as much as I should or want to. I want to change that because saying what I want to say will increase my happiness levels. There’s one caveat: I need to speak my mind more and complain less.