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The Fear of Asking for Help and How to Overcome It

Should you feel embarrassed asking for help, or proud that you take steps to improve your situation by asking for assistance?

I saw what I felt was a heartwarming video the other day, about kids helping a classmate going through tough times. They emphasized that he did so much for them, so they wanted to do something for him. As they knew he needed new shoes and clothes, they gave that to him.

While I’m not sure why this was filmed — and it struck me that it could be for egotistical reasons — it still warmed my heart. Imagine if every classroom around the world was a place where a) you felt free to share your troubles b) people banded together to help you when you did.

After watching the video I had a look through some of the comments. To my surprise a lot of people commented with things like “poor kid, he must be so embarrassed now, imagine everyone knowing he’s going through a tough time.” This shocked me. Basically, they were saying he should be embarrassed because that’s what they would have been if they were going through tough times. No one said “I might have been embarrassed if that was me, but I’m so happy that these things can finally be spoken about in the open and that we don’t have to be embarrassed.”

Everyone goes through a difficult time, in one way or another, at some point in life. It can be physical, emotional, financial…take your pick. No one goes through this life unscathed. If we could all accept that, speak about it openly and help one another, I, for one, believe this world would be a better place to be.

I also read one comment that said the boy’s family landed on their feet and brought in pizza to school one day to thank everyone for their help. That’s community spirit right there. And what a valuable lesson for that class. Imagine growing up knowing you have the power to help change someone’s life for the better. Imagine feeling like you have people around you who you can ask for assistance when you hit a rough spot. Now that’s epic.


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