Although this Canadian writer Genevieve Georgette looks very happy in the photo she posted, it is not. In the caption, the woman explained how a simple barista girl judged her by her appearance, not knowing the whole story, and how it affected her life.
“It was Wednesday, dinner, about 6 years ago, I went to Starbucks to get a coffee. I stood at the bar and waited for the order when the barista politely asked me what I was going to do today. And I was going to the airport, from where my husband and I flew to Italy. After a few minutes of conversation, she handed me my coffee and wished me a good trip. "And yet, why not ... you have a wonderful life!", She said.
I admit, it was good to hear, but at the same time these words knocked me out of the rut. It was not rude, not sarcasm, she was just sincere, but it caught my breath.
This nice girl saw me only 5 minutes every day. I usually went in full parade on the way to work in the most prestigious art gallery. Or with a camera in hand to shoot couples in love.Or on the road to Italy, on a 10-day journey in honor of the wedding anniversary. This is what she saw. And the fact that she knew this way.
And the truth is that in this kind of knowledge is darkness. Especially today, when so many of our acquaintances last only 5 minutes ... completely filtered and with the perfect hashtag. But our defense is to say that it is not only our fault. This is a struggle that we are leading ... those bad days in our life ... they are difficult to fully convey with words, when there are 20 more people waiting for you in the coffee line, and you need to meet within 5 minutes.
To be honest, what should I say to my barista?
“Yes, we are flying to Europe. I just lost our baby ... I had a miscarriage, and a serious health hazard ... I suffer from post-traumatic stress ... and it seems to us that God has left us. Therefore, yes, a trip to Italy seems like a good place to escape from our life and it is justified to eat ice cream 12 times a day. ”
Georgette wrote about her other difficulties she faced. Her openness made thousands of other people write that they often had the same feelings. More than 127 thousand people shared her post.
Genevieve knows that the barista wanted to be just polite and pleasant, because she judged by her appearance and thought that everything was fine. So Georgette realized that many people live this way, hiding their sadness behind the mask of smiles and beautiful photos in social networks. “Wear your scars with pride. You are not alone in this battle. ”
Do not judge a book by its cover.