The other day I asked her, "Leigh, how is it you always say just how you are?"
She smiled, "Well, it's better than lying."
And I have done this so many times.
"How are you?"
"How have you been?"
"I've been good!" **cue overenthusiastic smile.
But let's face it: no one is fine all the time (If you know someone who is, let me know).
Personally, I am not fine;
at different intervals, I am stressed, I am tired, I am hopeful, I am happy, I am blessed, I am good.
I am not just 'fine'. I am so much more.
Why can't we say how we are?
Someone wouldn't ask if they weren't wondering.
So tell them. Please.
Of course, I'm not saying spill your guts - unless you want to - but tell them.
I know this can be difficult due to the world we live in;
Vulnerability is taboo and people are called brave for saying how they are or how they feel.
I believe this is because our society only wants things sugarcoated.
They want things pretty.
They want things airbrushed.
They want things in such a way that it doesn't hurt.
Sunshine and rainbows.
But you know what? There is beauty in thunderstorms too.