This makes me imagine people all sealed up, have never 'seen' anything in their lives; living inside a bubble of introverted darkness, never reading about the world, or interacting with others because they are too sealed off and too afraid to open themselves up for fear of getting hurt... of being 'broken' somehow.
Because the world does break us - we get ill, we get hurt - physically and emotionally. ... we make friends, we lose friends, we get our hearts broken, we settle happily somewhere and then we move on.... everything is always changing, and we always need to adapt; to be constantly flexible... to take risks. And risks can break us too, but they can also be the most wonderful things that happen to us - if we never open ourselves up to risk, we don't really protect ourselves, we limit ourselves completely. Whatever the result, all these things shape us, without them, we wouldn't develop friendships, fall in love, have adventures.... we wouldnt experience life in all its horror, and most essentially, in all its wonder.
We all have our cracks - challenges, stories, struggles, accomplishments - it's what makes us individual, what forms our personality; leaves indelible marks on our consciousness..... ultimately, it IS the story of our life... we get one chance to write the story, we should make the most of it.
I like this quote because it simplifies something I really feel about life, and particularly about being ill..... it has taught me more than I ever could have imagined. Do I hate it? Of course. But it happened, so I might as well find something positive instead of becoming bitter about it - we should embrace the things that shape us - every single thing we experience. Look at things positively, learn from them; take it all in, and let it shine out.
|*Not mine* - but not sure where I saved it from!|
"Anyone who has never failed has never tried anything new."
~ Albert Einstein ~I