I felt like my problems were silly and small, but they still made me very sad, and I could never seem to get out of that spiral… So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered.
I have found this very useful to think about over the years, and I find that it is a lot easier and more bearable to be sad when you aren’t constantly berating yourself for being sad.
The idea of an imaginary friend and its creator being opposite personalities that complement each other is often used to set up conflict and comedy in Foster’s Home. But it’s not just a plot device; it is used so consistently that it becomes part of the bedrock of the show’s concept.