All some people have is their misery. It is uniquely theirs, sets them apart, and connects them deeply to their journey.
Offering an alternative narrative to them is like directly attacking the very essence of their being. They fight back with a vengeance.
They do not need a positive light on their suffering. They are happy with living in the shadow it casts.
When you meet such people, do not give up on them, but do not waste your time trying to change them.
Let them tell their harrowing stories. But do not reciprocate.
Tell your own story of triumph. They will ultimately reciprocate and shift ground. Be patient.
Life is hard. Never try to take away the stories that keep people going – good or bad. Just tell your story.
– Osasu Oviawe