If you didn’t already know, I work for the Prince’s Trust which is the nation’s leading Youth Charity and on a daily basis we support young people. I am married to the loveliest man in the world and we have vowed to support each other for the rest of our lives. I have a small circle of friends and I support them whenever they need or ask for it.
I am a member of 2 families, my own and my husbands and we all support each other with various things all the time. I was asked the other day, the best way to support someone, and I really did make me think. I don’t know that there is a definitive answer, but here’s what I came up with:
- Listen without judgement
- Offer advice, but only when asked
- Show up
I think that sometimes showing up is the most important one of all. I know from experience that having someone by your side in times of trouble can be invaluable – but a friendly text, call or email can also make the world of difference.
There will always be people in your real life that show “support’ on social media but avoid you in Tesco, but that’s on them, not you.
I have learned as I’ve got older that it’s ALWAYS important to be kind to people, no matter how I feel. I never know what people are going through – my experience has taught me that everyone is going through something.
Be nice to people.