Behind Closed Doors

Nicole Glisson, Photojournalist

Everyone is guilty of making assumptions based on what something looks like on the outside. When drivers pass by nice houses, they must think that the inside is just as perfect. Though I live in one of these homes, I am even guilty of thinking this myself about other houses. As drivers sometimes slow down while passing my house, they could be imagining a perfect family: a family that loves each other, successful parents and kids, no worries at all. How could we have worries when money is out of the question?

The reality of my family is actually the complete opposite. I’d call it a broken home. My parents are divorced, my mother is living in a sober house, and my sister and I suffer from the trauma.  My family is rarely together. My sister only feels safe in her room, I only feel safe out of my house, and my dad is busy juggling work, single parenting, and resting. Of course I am grateful for my house and not having to worry about money. The inside contains countertops from Italy, Persian rugs, original paintings, but none of that can fix our family or mental health. What I’ve come to learn is that everyone has struggles: a big secret that takes up most of our lives.

Even if you are just talking about a person that seems to have a perfect life, I guarantee you they don’t. Being privileged does not mean you have a life with no problems, it just means that those problems won’t get in your way. So next time you see a house, a person, or a family that is seemingly perfect, take a step back and remember that everyone has something negative that impacts their life immensely. That beautiful house is just a great facade.