A while ago, one of my lifelong friends and I were discussing how we go through many times in our lives that are incredibly challenging, to say the least. There are days when getting out of bed is a struggle and when even a smile is painful. These are times where breathing is difficult and the tears will come no matter how you try to stem them.
We talked about what helps us through it: music, books, exercising, spending time with loved ones, movies and more. Then I brought up the point that, at times, nothing seems to help. That’s when she said something that has stayed with me. “Some days you just have to push through the pain.”
She was right. There are times where hope is diminishing and you seem to see no end to the trial that you endure. Logically, you know there probably will be an end either through others, a miraculous intervention or yourself making the necessary changes. But until that happens, it seems at times as if there is no way out.
But you are strong. You were made strong. Even when you think you can’t endure another day, there is a tenacious will buried somewhere inside of you that won’t let you give up completely.
Laughter and joy will enter your life again. It may not come for a while, but it WILL come. I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again. Healing comes, laughter and smiles come, joy comes again. Until such time, hold onto the thought that by being strong enough to push through the pain, you come out a better person.