25th October 2015, Prismacolor pencils on A4 cartridge paper
I read this amazing quote by Jim Morrison about pain. It was like reading a quote written about me, and it came at a time when I needed to read it.
I’m afraid of myself, my reality, and especially my feelings. Feelings can hurt; they can be disturbing. I can be afraid of pain, but I’m learning I don’t need to be. Pain is just a part of life, a part of reality.
I spend a lot of my time trying to avoid pain and trying to not show my pain. But what I really need to do is feel it and deal with it. Pain doesn’t make me unacceptable. Pain doesn’t make me a bad person. Pain doesn’t make me wrong.
Instead, pain opens my eyes. It can show me my strength, what I’m made of. I am bigger than my pain. Pain is just a feeling. Feelings are part of me, part of my own reality. I don’t have to be ashamed of them. I don’t have to destroy my reality by not feeling pain.
Jim Morrison’s quote inspires me to carry my pain and express it instead of deny it and hide it. He lets me know that I have a right to feel pain. I. I can use it to create instead of let it destroy me.