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  • Writer's pictureMarianne Crooch

The Truth Behind "How Are You?"

Have you ever stopped to ponder the weight behind the simple question, "How are you?" It's a question so ingrained in our social interactions that we often respond almost automatically with a polite "I'm doing okay" or "I'm doing great," regardless of how we're truly feeling.

But why do we do this? Why do we default to these scripted responses, even when we may be struggling or having a rough day? Is it because we've become robotic in our interactions, afraid to reveal our vulnerabilities? Or perhaps we fear burdening others with our true feelings?

As I navigated through this week, I couldn't help but notice this phenomenon. We all seem to

wear a mask of "okayness," even when we're not okay at all. But why? Are we so uncomfortable with our own emotions that we'd rather hide behind a facade?

The truth is, it's okay not to be okay. It's okay to admit when we're having a rough day or when things aren't going well. And if someone genuinely cares about us, they'll appreciate our honesty and vulnerability.

Saying how we truly feel isn't about seeking sympathy; it's about being authentic and true to ourselves. It's about acknowledging our emotions and allowing ourselves to be human.

So, what's the worst thing that can happen if we're honest about how we're feeling? Sure, some may feel uncomfortable or unsure of how to respond, but others may surprise us with words of love, encouragement, or a much-needed hug.

We all need support and understanding from time to time. So, the next time someone asks you, "How are you?" consider giving an honest answer. You never know; it might just lead to a deeper connection and a greater sense of authenticity in your relationships.

In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.

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