The Silent Battle Behind the Smile

The weight of the world has been real lately. As we grow older, our self-awareness about our mortality increases substantially. The naive shelter that we live in during our youth unapologetically gets ripped off of us somewhere along the road, and without warning, and we are faced with the harsh realities of life.

With the recent news of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss‘ passing, we are once again reminded of how deceptive pain can appear. I followed him and his wife Allison Holker on social media from a long time ago and was in constant awe at all the happy, jovial content the two very talented dancers would put out regularly. And just days ago they had been active on their respective Instagram feeds which included a heartfelt acknowledgment of their 9-year wedding anniversary.

It can’t be said too many times – be kind, for you never know what silent battle people are facing. Depression and mental health do not discriminate. They can come in any form.

It is our human nature to perhaps assume things about someone’s behaviour on the outset. It’s almost a knee-jerk reaction. But when you pause and remind yourself that you don’t know what this person is actually going through, it changes the narrative. What might seem bizarre or questionable on the outside, might be rooted in a deeper, complex struggle that has absolutely nothing to do with you.

Being kind has no prerequisites.
Being kind is absolutely free.
Being kind is contagious.

Whether it’s a family member, a close friend, an acquaintance, or a complete stranger, any simple act of kindness can go miles. How close you are or aren’t to someone should never determine what level of kindness you should extend toward them. We are all human, we all bleed red. That warm smile or wish for a good day or a mere ‘like’ on a post could do wonders for someone feeling particularly vulnerable.

Amid the joys and laughter this holiday season, there will be lingering sadness and heartache. So let’s remember to rise in love and empathy and take better care of each other.

I hope that 2023 brings continued strength, joy, and peace to everyone.

Love and light,



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