Understanding Life • Embrace The Mess You Are

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“There are amazingly painful emotions we must learn to survive.”

We’re scared of the people who are going to let us down, kill our dreams, and cause us pain. We’re scared of real emotions. The weight of heartache and the misery we must tolerate when we can no longer find sense. We run away from pain and we cheat ourselves from life. We’re cowards hoping to numb rejection. Hoping to endure no more than the sting of a paper cut.

The weight of heartache and the misery we must tolerate when we can no longer find sense. We run away from pain and we cheat ourselves from life. We’re cowards hoping to numb rejection. Hoping to endure no more than the sting of a paper cut.

There are amazingly painful emotions we must learn to survive.

We need to get out of our own way – out of our own mind – and see that we are not alone. We’re surrounded by people who bleed red. Whose hands shake. Whose voices are laced with fear.

We must learn to accept that life is what it is or we will constantly end with disappointment.

So daydream, write stories, watch movies, but don’t forget to embrace the mess you are and the madness in your head. Be so excited you’re scared and so scared you’re excited. Be so afraid your vision blurs and all you see is pain worth feeling.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • I felt like this at my first open mike, then wrote a poem describing the experience. Check it out on my blog: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/living-the-dream/

    • Joan! Thank you so much for sharing. I never wrote this with a specific time or place in mind, so I love hearing the way it reminds you of your first open mike. I will surely take a look at your poem 🙂

  • Darcy

    I love this – it is so true. It’s oftentimes hard to see the bigger picture in the midst of a stressful or emotional time!

    • Thank you so much, Darcy! I’m so glad you can agree. I’m certainly guilty of letting my emotions overwhelm me, or even avoiding them altogether.

  • I so needed this today, thank you.

    • That means a lot. I’m so glad it could be there, and I hope it helped. Thank you, Stephanie 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Great post. I’ve realized lately that I’m perfectly comfortable feeling mad at myself, but one of the states that scares me most is missing other people. Slowly working on all that. You should check out me and my friend’s blog, thefeministperspective.wordpress.com. Our focus isn’t far off from yours here! We’d appreciate the support.

    • Stephanie

      Of course I mistyped my own URL – been a long day. Good thing I’m ok with embarrassment! Check us out at thefeminineperspective.wordpress.com.

    • Realization is the way to change ourselves! A great perspective and a great attitude. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! That’s great to hear that you guys are blogging with a similar purpose. I will surely take a look 🙂