Everyone’s problems are relative. The rich man’s problems may seem like blessings to the poor man, but to the rich man they are as pressing as starvation is to the poor man. However, you should not expect empathy or even sympathy from other people. You are not entitled their sympathy, but you are entitled to every feeling you have. The worst thing you can do is to have someone confide in you and then dismiss their problems, saying that they’re easy issues or that yours are harder. Acknowledge that their problems are difficult for them, even if they may not be difficult for you.
It’s the worst thing to feel like you are not allowed to feel a certain way. As much as others have their own personal problems, or offer rationalization for the circumstances, it doesn’t diminish the feelings of pain, hurt, or frustration. Sometimes we forget that we are all fighting our own battles.