The lesson I learned…
Compare your problems with those of others and determine that yours are not worth attention or even existence.
There is always going to be someone who has it worse than you. People face severe illnesses, crippling addictions, violence, a life without any of the necessary comforts, on and on.
That doesn’t mean your pain does not deserve compassion, space, time, and attention.
Because I didn’t feel entitled to have problems, I ignored them.
More like, forgot them.
I developed amnesia.
I've lost the periods of time surrounding difficult experiences in my life.