Kit Steinkellner
October 08, 2015 4:11 pm

Last week, writer Genevieve V. Georget posted on Facebook about a brief encounter she had with her barista 6 years ago. Since her story went up, it’s been shared over 100,000 times and liked by over 200,000 people.

“Whoa. Wait, what? Getting coffee is such a normal and boring thing, how does someone grabbing their morning caffeine fix rack up that crazy kind of viral mileage?” you’re probably asking at this point. Well, let us explain.

The encounter itself was pretty simple. Genevieve, while grabbing her coffee, was asked by her barista what she was up to that day. Genevieve explained that she and her husband were about to catch a flight to Italy and  the barista wished her a nice trip, adding “But then again, why wouldn’t you…your life is golden!”

The barista’s  innocent words rattled Genevieve hard. Genevieve totally understood why the barista thought her life was “golden.” As she explains in her post:

“This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.”

However, as Genevieve reveals, in this case, her appearance was absolutely deceiving.

“Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista?” she asks in the post. “Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby…we had a terrifying health scare…I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder…and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day.”

Genevieve didn’t bare all to her barista, but she spent the entirety of her flight wondering “…about our sense of authenticity…our collective vulnerability…our polished identity. And it made me feel like a total fraud.”

You can read the entire post right here:

It was a Wednesday afternoon when I walked into Starbucks that day nearly six years ago. I stood at the bar, waiting…

Posted by Genevieve V Georget on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

So, in the name of authenticity, Genevieve took the opportunity in her Facebook post to talk about “her most ragged and scarred self,” or, what her barista would see if she could see past Genevieve’s polished facade. Genevieve then proceeds to elucidate all the many, many things that have and continue to cause her pain.

These confessions include “I spend an absurd amount of time worrying about what other people think of me,”  “I feel like I have failed as a daughter,” “I unfollow people on Instagram if their life seems too perfect because it makes me feel inadequate,” “Every day, I’m afraid that my husband is going to wake up and finally realize how much crazy he married,” and “I struggle, every single day, with feeling like I’m enough. Skinny enough. Funny enough. Good enough.”

Since that chance encounter 6 years ago, Genevieve explains that now, she does know one thing for sure.

“… even with all of my frailty…all of my fears…and all my faults…none of those things make my life any less golden. Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it…Because life requires guts…it requires bravery…and it requires vulnerability. So, buy your coffee…wear your scars proudly…and carry on, dear soldier…You’re not in this battle alone.”

And the Facebook comments have been incredibly heartwarming —some have left notes of encouragement and support, while others have thanked her for sharing a story all-too familiar.

No wonder this post has gone mad-viral and gotten so much love on Facebook. It is so important to remember that everyone is struggling with their own hardships, and that we are not in our battles alone.

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Featured image via Richelle Hunter Photography (www.richellehunter.com)

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