My sophomore year of college, I transfered from the University of Alabama to the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. About a quarter of the way into the year, I had plans to meet with a good friend at a study cafe on campus.
I was feeling so sad and out of place. I had just moved out of my parents' house, I was afraid of being on my own, I was separated from my long-time boyfriend by 800 miles, and just...trying to figure out the new "grown up" me.
When I sat down at the table with my friend, I intended to pour out my heart to her and tell her all my woes and thereby feel better.
Instead, I just burst into tears.
Do you know what she said?
She said, "I know."
Sometimes that's all you need to hear.