When you've endured each of these for a minimum of one or two hours, feel free to judge others:
- Labor (the childbearing kind, not manual)
- A debilitating migraine (as if there is any other kind)
- Severe depression (or any mental illness, really)
- Prejudice (being the target of racism, sexism, homophobia)
- Chronic pain (not visible to others)
- Poverty (or even the specter of being one crisis away from losing everything)
- Loneliness (not just feeling alone, but having literally no one to reach out to)
- Physical withdrawal (from prescription drugs, OTC drugs, street drugs, alcohol, cigarettes)
- Failure (of the big, humiliating, life-changing nature)
- Fear of losing a loved one (in a discrete, immediate sense)
- Spending time in a psych ward (yup, been there)
- Being kicked in the balls (for the men out there)
- Stupidity (throwing this in here because it seems only fair)
I believe there are traumas no one should ever have to experience: physical or sexual abuse, the death of a child, war, famine, manmade or natural disasters—the list goes on. These are easy to empathize with, perhaps because they seem so distant and unlikely to affect us personally.
So, what did I miss? What would you add to this list?
UPDATE: Considering the thoughtful comments (below), I stand corrected. Don't judge. Just don't. It's not nice.