As we know, life is a journey. The destination of it all (for me at least) is a hazy, unclear end, yet a boundless open opportunity. And, as we all know, with life comes pain, death, change, heartbreak and doubt.
As I look around, watch the news, and learn from my own experiences, I have slowly come to find how amazing it is the amount of pain the human heart can really endure. And how, with that pain, I see people choosing positive change, growth and strength from it.
A smile on the face of a man who recently lost his wife, joy found in hearts of impoverished communities and families, or strength emerging from a broken girl’s heart. The addicts small victories on his struggles towards sobriety, the sexually abused daughter’s search for love and inner peace, or the strength found in a man who use to be a shy kid with severe social anxiety- the trails we go through, no matter how small, change us and shape us into the people we are.
To have no fear of pain. Is that even possible? Maybe one day I will be able to say I believe that to be possible- but not for now. However, I do believe that we all have the strength to endure it. And really… that’s what matters.
People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel
– Jim Morrison
The pain we have all felt in are lives is beautiful, even though it doesn’t feel like it at first. The pain in my life is for a reason, and each trail, I know must have happened for a reason- even if the reason is still unclear to me. But as humans, we have the amazing capacity to endure.
And nothing great in life has ever come without much enduring.
So if your going through pain right now, I’m sending you light, love and strength from my tiny room in Texas, from the corners of my dimly lit desk, and from someone who is also enduring, but choosing to learn and grow from it all.