In the journey of life, it is our most difficult paths that teach us the most. Here are ten lessons that I have learned.
1. I am much more vulnerable than I ever imagined.
2. I can feel alone in the most familiar of crowds and yet, feel comforted with kind words of a stranger who has walked in my shoes.
3. I can start laughing in the middle of crying and cry in the midst of laughter--and both are okay.
4. Time does heal a wound, but the scar, though it may fade, will be there forever and may twinge on gloomy days.
5. Suffering can make me bend until I break. Love, faith and hope can eventually mend the pieces back together, if I allow them to.
6. Fun, laughter, singing, dancing, a good book or movie can be a non-addictive painkiller or sedative to help me cope.
7. There is always someone who has it worse. There is always at least one thing to be grateful for.
8. My true friends will love me when I’m sad, traumatized, despondent and in crisis mode. They will be there for me when and however I need them, when I am ready. And I will be there for them.
9. I can only do my best.
10. I am so much stronger than I ever imagined.