Like Streams to the Ocean by Jedidiah Jenkins

Like Streams to the Ocean by Jedidiah Jenkins

Author:Jedidiah Jenkins [Jenkins, Jedidiah]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Published: 2020-09-15T00:00:00+00:00

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I MAY THINK that someone has the perfect life, and therefore doesn’t need encouragement. Or I may see that they have it bad, but I don’t want to bother them or offend them by saying the wrong thing. Either way, I assume things and stay quiet.

A friend of mine is a famous writer. He’s had big success and won awards and been on TV. He told me once: “When something major happens, no one texts me to say congratulations or tells me they’re excited for me. Except for my team, the people I pay. They tell me. I think my friends assume everyone else is doing that, so they don’t. It sucks to achieve your dreams and feel more alone than when you were scraping by with the guys.”

Another friend of mine had his brother go to prison. It was a big deal. They showed it on the news and everything. I didn’t call my friend because I thought he’d be so embarrassed. I didn’t want to let on that I knew. A year later, I found out that through that whole horrible ordeal, no one called him. He said he’d never felt so alone. In his time of need, no one showed up, because everyone assumed someone else was doing it.

You know that poster at the airport that says, “If you see something, say something”? That’s become my motto. If somebody is killing it, I’m going to tell them. If they’re hurting, I’ll offer my hand. I am not going to assume anyone else exists but me and them. No one who would do what I’d do to make my friend feel seen.


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