Wow.... how am I to appropriately respond to this?
Huge props to you, Willow. Very unique post. Certainly emotional. Pretty deep and thoughtful as well; I love that you also teach/remind about important things in here.
I was quite shocked and hurt while reading this, but I was also moved by it.
I can only relate to a small amount of your scars, but I can more so relate in that you seem to know about the essence of
There's undoubtedly a lot I can say to elaborate, but in an attempt to shorten this post (and avoid cliches), I will remind you that you gotta' keep moving forward. Everyone does. Even the people who may seem to have no pain.
Keep. Moving. Forward.
Keep running. If you can't run...
Walk. If you can't walk...
Just don't stop. This is all a test of strength, but there is no lesson before the test.
Only during the test, and after.
Uphold the virtue of inner patience...
and don't you ever forget the positive in the world, no matter how much it may be blurred by the weight of the negative. It is actually possible to bend the negative with our own willpower, and formulate a positive from it...
We are human, after all. That's our superpower.
Thank you, stay strong.
Happy Holidays to all of you.