“I Google everything. I mean everything. From symptoms to suggestions, I Google all aspects of my life. Just recently my Google searches included some of the following:
Student learner profiles
Local bike paths
Explanation of the ending of The Dinner
How much did Teddi Mellencamp’s retreat actually cost
Baton Rouge Food Bank
How do I renew my passport
Lately, especially since we’ve added four feathered friends to our lives, my searches include:
How many nesting boxes do I need
How do I know if my chicks like me
Do chickens feel emotions
How do I know if my chicks are happy
How do I introduce my weird dog to new chicks
Will the heat lamp kill my baby chicks
It’s almost as though I solve all of my life’s problems through Google.
I’d been trying to figure something out lately. Something digital—social media graphics—and I couldn’t solve my life’s problem. I have downloaded new apps, I tried it a different way, I even tried to make something on my own from scratch. Nothing worked.
Lying in bed one morning, I had a thought—I’m going to reach out to a friend. I know someone who is a graphic designer, surely she’ll have the answer. Social media may not be her specialty, but surely she can point me in the right direction.
I texted her with my question—’How do I do this?’—and even sent some examples. Guess what? She absolutely helped me solve my problem. Almost right away, she sent me all of the information I needed to solve my problem. Any guesses how she got it?
Yep. She Googled my problem for me.
Make sure you have people in your life like this. As a full-time-working-stay-at-home-home-schooling-mom-wife-teacher-writer, we can get so incredibly busy and burdened, we can’t see the solution right under our very own noses.
The truth is y’all, help can come in many forms. Sometimes, we need people to listen to us vent or shed some light for us. Sometimes we need people to be a shoulder to cry on or to assure us we aren’t monsters for feeling a certain way. Sometimes we need people to share a good laugh with or to enjoy a long, lingering phone call.
Sometimes we need people to Google our problems.
I had a good laugh when I realized what happened. So it was such a win-win—my problem was solved, and I laughed out loud. A lot. Which I really needed. What’s better than that?
We all could use some help right now, y’all. Don’t hesitate to be there for your people even if it means simply Googling their problems. You have no idea how much it might just actually help.
And, maybe even more importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. More than likely, you’ll find someone on the other end ready and willing to Google for you.”
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Melanie Forstall of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can follow her journey on Instagram here and Facebook here. Do you have a similar experience? We’d like to hear your important journey. Submit your own story here. Be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.
Read more stories from Melanie here:
‘This doesn’t make any sense!’ I made a proposal. The only valid excuse for backing out would be death. Otherwise, we show up.’: 44-year-old best friends vow over a ‘pinky promise’ to remain connected
‘Mom, it’s funny to think when I’m a dad, I’ll have to wrap presents at night.’ I gave him a puzzled look. What was he talking about? ‘You know, mom. When you and dad go into your bedroom and close the door.’ OH.’: Mom shares amusing encounter with son
Do you know someone who could benefit from reading this? SHARE this story on Facebook with family and friends.