I am Learning


I am


I am learning,

That sitting in the pain,

Without fixing,

Or burying it under tequila,

Or stuffing it down with carbs and,

Hoping the pain will come out in a purge,

Is the bravest thing.

I am learning that the growth happens when I let the pain happen.

When my breath catches in my throat,

Or the tears spill and all I can do is hang my head,

That just being in it, and not fixing it, or taking it all back, or brushing it away,

That’s the point.

That’s the path to the other side.

That’s the way through.

Moving forward despite the ache in my sternum,

Doing it anyway.

I am learning,

Is the bravest thing.

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