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I can show you what it is like to be in the dark, alone, scared, broke, unwanted, hopeless, angry, lost and struggling. Because I’ve been there. And I’m sure you probably have been too in one way or another.
And you didn’t think anybody else would understand. You thought you were in this alone. That everyone else’s lives seemed not only smooth but to flow seamlessly around life’s obstacles. But that’s not true.
Because I’ve been through hell and back. I know what it is like to have life beat you down. When you try desperately to come up for air but feel pushed down again and again. It feels like your own efforts just aren’t enough. I’m not afraid to tell you and show you what life can do to a person. Bad choices, bad relationships, and bad timing have done a number on me.
I’ve got to be real.
Suffering binds the human race together.
I can offer you empathy and say “me too”. I can show you what it looks like to be in a pit of despair and look around and see no one. Let me be the first to show you an example of how much life can be a symphony. Highs and lows come and go.
If you have been around long enough, you’ll start to catch on. You have to hold on tight. Just when you think you are done and it will never get any better, in the blink of an eye something will change, a new era will begin.
Gradually ascending higher and higher and all is good again. But you have to be prepared for the plunging low because it is just inevitable. It doesn’t mean that you won’t hear the music again.
Your symphony has been playing the whole time. But you can’t call it a symphony without the dramatic crescendos and decrescendos. It’s necessary.
How else will you recognize the good without the bad?