When I was young I can remember a relative telling me that “The truth hurts…”
Sadly sometimes it does. The saddest examples I know of is when the truth is there to be seen and yet people will choose to ignore it or look away because of the painful realities it can hold. That is a very painful situation indeed.
Saddest still is when the truth in question is causing so many people to suffer physically and emotionally and their suffering is not accepted or validated.
This is particularly true of the many Autoimmune diseases and “invisible illnesses” that affect millions of people everywhere and everyday.
Our pain, suffering and hurt is a truth that is not well understood and held with various levels of ignorance, suspicion and disregard.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The world has an uncomfortable relationship with pain and truth. Humans don’t know how to cope with either and often deny both.
While I don’t pretend to be an expert on human nature and acceptance, I have no choice but to become very knowledgable on the topic of pain and hurt and how to use these things productively.
I have had to learn how to distill the most terrible of pains and try to fashion them into advocacy and understanding so that although the truth may hurt, but it can also teach, unite, educate and help too.