Recently, I’ve been reminded how important it can be to simply listen.
I don’t always need to have a response ready, I don’t need to have a similar story or relevant advice.
Sometimes, the most important thing is just to have another person willing to listen to your story. Sometimes, the important thing is for a person to listen, to validate your experiences without needing to have input.
Sometimes silence is what is needed to give a delicate story the safe space it needs to be told.
Listening isn’t always something that I’m best at. It’s good for me to remember that my voice is not always necessary when I want to show support.