Painting inspired by Martha's photographs: you can find her at Plowing Through Life
When I was in elementary school, there were two girls who made my life a living hell. One because she thought I was the most obnoxious person in the world, so making me feel bad was her hobby. The other one was everything I wanted to be, but who constantly changed her mind about our friendship.
To my surprise, Facebook worked its magic and I "bumped" into their profile pages. I ran to my room and looked at the journal I keep to this day, written during my tortured 6th grade year.
I ran through my journal pages and I realized I hardly remembered their last names. Although I had this general remembrance that my elementary school years were miserable, when I read my journal and looked at their FB pages, I could hardly remember anything. So even though I kept that "feeling" that elementary school was painful, it has no connection to my life now.
So, when you face a situation that causes you hurt, anxiety, stress, ask yourself: will it really matter in 5 years?