An interesting thing happened. A man told me that my life is easier because I am a woman.
At first I was a little stunned. So many thoughts battled to be heard. The most obvious question was, “How would you know?” Instead of partaking in a conversation that could have resulted in us both being upset, I honestly said, “You know, I am so tired of people saying my situation is worse than yours. It’s a different experience. Why not just share your experience to educate others and be open to being educated by theirs? No one has a problem-free life.”
He responded, “You know, you’re right.”
I could have listed the numerous injustices which target women, not just in this country but world-wide, not just historically but present-day, not just theoretically but practically. Maybe in another setting, to another audience.
As I ended my conversation with this man, I found that I appreciated his candor. It was his thought and he did not say it with malice. In truth, he made me think about how little I actually hear women share their hardships (in a public sense). In that way, I can see how people may conclude that women have an easier life.
What do you think?