Just because I had a stressful week doesn't mean I lead a complicated life. I honestly don't know anyone whose life is less complicated than mine. I look around and see people making difficult choices and trying to define themselves and I wonder. What's wrong with me? My life is so simple.
That's why I watch movies, I guess, and TV shows with recurring characters. I don't mean just soap operas, but I'll unashamedly admit to following along with the lives of fictional characters, day after day. That's why I read novels instead of self-improvement books, which might do me more good. If I can get inside the head of a well-drawn character, maybe I'll get a taste of what most humans call real life.
Don't think I'm complaining, because I'm not. I like my simple life. My problems are on a scale that I'm equipped to handle, more or less. I wouldn't feel connected, though, if I didn't have a way into other, more complex lives. I think a big part of living in a civilized society is being able to imagine yourself in someone else's situation. The deeper we can let our understanding explore, the better we're able to live together in a shrinking world.