I love it when there are people in my life who teach me important lessons and help me improve as a person, realize what I need to do and who I need to be to be the best possible fellow human-being for the people around me. One of the most valuable things I’ve been taught was years ago when I met auntie Madiken. She taught me that no matter how much pain you’re in or how hard you feel like crying your heart out, your pain can never be compared to someone else’s. No one can or should be forced to relate to another person’s experience and hurt, for example: it doesn’t matter if you’ve been cheated on numerous times, the betrayal and hurt I feel now is just as intense and just as legitimate as yours. I cannot be held responsible for the situation someone else is in and no one has the right to ridicule your troubles and problems just because they feel that theirs are bigger. I’m truly sorry that there are people starving in Africa, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t complain when I feel that times are tough. I’m a human being living in my own personal reality and it can’t be my job to bear the burden of the rest of the world. You’re not worth more than me and your history and need to feel sorry for yourself is in no way an excuse for you to belittle what I’m going through today. I wish everyone had someone in their lives to teach them that.