I saw a meme on social media the other day. It said, “People will never understand something until it happens to them.”
This is true. But the lesson doesn’t end there. Just because it hasn’t happened to us, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try our hardest to understand what it might feel like to experience this. We have to try to understand, whether it is on global terms, trying to put ourselves in the shoes of refugees from Syria, or on personal terms about how our friends who are parents feel after sleepless nights, or for them to make the effort to find out how we feel when they start a sentence with “as a mother."
If we don’t make the effort, we’ll never care about anything outside of us.
If my infertility has taught me anything, it has taught me that.