Have you ever felt the sting of pain?
It’s as universal as happiness and love. Everyone knows what it does to a person. Everyone’s been there, one way or another.
Every time we feel even the slightest closeness to pain; be it heartbreak, loss of a person, death, even a failure; we tend to close our hearts and run as fast as we can. We never really open ourselves to the magic it has to offer.
It knocks on your door when you least expect it and barges in. It throws you in an ice-cold lake in the middle of January. So cold you can’t think or feel anything but it.
Pain is the only thing stronger than love, and the only thing weaker than ourselves. Once you get back on your feet, you wipe out those tears and you say “never again”. There’s nothing cleaner than a face that has known tears, stronger than a heart that has broken and lighter than a mind that has known darkness.
You clean the house and dust out the dirt. You throw away the old records and tear away the old smelly sheets. You take out the garbage and you close the door.
And that’s what pain does. Let it do what it has to do, what it came specifically to do.
Remind yourself of how things are going to be much different, much better and much clearer when it all ends. Like an ocean after the storm. It holds no promises of not coming back, but it lets you know that the next time you’ll be stronger. Fiercer. A worthy opponent.
Let it open doors to places you’ve never been to before, let it take you places you never knew existed. Let it tell you the truths you ignored when you were sad because sadness can be an illusion sometimes. Let it build armor inside of you, a castle so high it can mount the clouds and so strong it can break steel. Let this pain cast light to the darkest corners of your being; let it clean your soul.
And when it’s done, be friends with it. Learn that it’s okay to be okay with it.
Let that weakness go, for pain is just weakness living inside of you.