What if it’s ok to hurt?
What if it’s ok to cry?
What if it’s ok?
What if we gave ourselves permission to be in emotional pain?
What would that look like?
I am learning to cry. I think I will always be learning to cry. To feel safe when I cry. To feel safe when I am hurting. Because we all hurt. We all deal with pain which crushes us sometimes. Sometimes you know exactly why you’re hurting and can process and deal with that trauma and move forward.
And sometimes you just hurt.
It’s not in your head. This pain is real.
And so maybe, we should learn to let ourselves hurt. To acknowledge the pain and let it happen. Not get absorbed in it and let it take control, but let it exist. Be mindful of its presence and be kind to it. Maybe we should embrace the pain. Especially if we know the cause of it, even if it is a broad and vague cause.
I am hurting because I see the teenagers I work with struggle.
I am hurting because being a parent is terrifying in a beautiful way.
I am hurting because I miss my sisters.
I am hurting because I am hurting and that is OK.
Life is not always sunshine and rainbows. That is part of what makes it beautiful and precious.
Life can be hard and overwhelming and scary. And that is OK.
Life can be beautiful and easy and relaxing. And that is OK.
It’s ok to be scared. It’s ok to hurt. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to get angry.
It’s ok. It’s ok. It is ok.
Hurting is part of being alive. Which makes it a worthwhile emotion. Don’t let it control you. Don’t lose yourself to it. But sit with it. Give it a little hug. And keep moving forward.