Enough with the Trauma Olympics
Hugo Schwyzer

I’m a pro cyclist and on many occasions when I’m suffering in a race, I’ve found that offering an encouraging word to somebody else (even a competitor) actually makes me feel physically better. It’s as if in taking a moment to stop focusing on my own pain and instead helping somebody with theirs, I’m able to forget my own discomfort. If this applies in an emotional context too, then let me go ahead and provide an email address so people can send me their shit, because I’m pretty damn tired of feeling this stupid heartbreak.