I've heard that statement more times than I could count in the past several years. I've said it to myself even more times.
It has its merits. It makes you more understanding. It can make you feel stronger. Sometimes.
There is, however, a point when standing on that statement of fact doesn't quite cut it anymore.
You've been through a lot.
Sure. Maybe not everyone has to go through what I have gone through, but it doesn't mean that that has to be a crutch.
No more excuses. Time to throw away that crutch.
Then again, I know I'm on a "strong" cycle right now. It might change tomorrow. These things always do, but in the meantime. I'll ride this wave.
So what if I've had more than my share of shitty experiences? So what if I fall again tomorrow? I think of Rainier Maria Rilke:
“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”