Pain is inevitable. It comes in many different forms and almost always at the worst times. It can be quick and sharp or dull and lingering. Whatever the pain may be, we all have to face it sooner or later. Every painful experience leaves us with a choice about how to handle it. We either let it be a catalyst for growth or a black hole that drains us.
I made the decision to go back to college to get my master’s degree and not even a month in, my grandma got diagnosed with colon cancer. The weeks I spent besides her hospital bed I did not even think about school. But after she passed I let myself stay stuck in my hurt. I gave up on school, slipped in and out of depression and caused chaos to those around me. But conviction kept rising in me and I decided I could not let the cycle of pain continue.