Oh, Gwyneth

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow has given the chronically offended another reason to get riled up. In an interview with E! she said,

“It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because…for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’ I don’t like to be the lead so I don’t [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing.” She added, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

Mackenzie Dawson’s hilarious response went viral. I’ve seen this Gwyneth issue covered on national newscasts…as if it’s news. While I stand by my beliefs that allowing someone I’ve never known to offend me is a colossal waste of energy, I think it’s worth mentioning…

Life can be hard. For anyone.

  • Life is hard for the single mom who’s trying to schlep out a living at a job she hates in order to put food on the table
  • Life is hard for the single dad who doesn’t see the kids as often as he would like
  • Life is hard for those who struggle with addiction
  • Life is hard for the childless couple who worry about their long-term care with no offspring to help them
  • Life is hard for those who are watching a loved one’s mind slowly fade away, ravaged by Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Life is hard for those who are grieving the death of a loved one
  • Life is hard for those who are hungry and homeless

Yes, life is hard. But it can also be beautiful.

So why don’t we all stop playing the “I’ve got it worse that you” game?

Let’s try supporting each other.


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