Life lessons…They can hurt. Actually, they usually do. And we all accept that, but….yet…we all also eventually wonder why they still hurt after the lesson has been learned. Here’s why…and why it’s a good thing.
A friend and I were talking yesterday. She was telling me about the first time she found REAL adult friendships. She had a habit (as have I) of finding the kinds of friends that made her feel…less than…or annoying. Then, one day, she found herself in this group or friends where…when she opened up or spoke, she felt heard. She felt accepted. For exactly who she was.
Me: “I’ll be honest, I have that with you. But…sometimes…I’m still afraid I’ll annoy you. Like, I KNOW I don’t, but that fear is still there.”
Her: “Oh, yeah…that part doesn’t go away once you’ve ever been told you’re annoying.”
That was my first thought. A great big giant WELL, FUCK. lol
So, today I started thinking about this.
Why…if the lesson has been learned…does it still leave lingering ghost pains?
ESPECIALLY when it’s a lesson where we didn’t do anything to hurt anyone else…we didn’t break any laws…we didn’t do anything wrong….Truly a lesson where we just were hurt. Why? HOW IS THAT FAIR????
And then I realized…GHOST PAINS ARE GOOD.
Ghost pains are our reminder.
I’ll put this is terms I think many will understand due to recent events.
Masks. Good lord, were there some fights over masks. People yelling that they stopped the spread of the virus. People yelling that they wouldn’t stop anything. I’ll tell you all the same thing I told everyone.
I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t. I’m not a science person. It is not my strong suit and never has been. But. I know people. And the one thing I did know was this…masks were a physical reminder to keep your six feet of distance. I told people, maybe that mask didn’t keep anything in or out…but, the second they came off…out of sight, out of mind…people would forget…and they would stop keeping their distance.
The reminder was what I was POSITIVE actually did help keep people safer.
Emotional ghost pains from life lessons are the same.
Humans are fairly simple, as complicated as we like to pretend we are. We just want to be happy…and we want to be happy with the least amount of effort possible. (Sorry, but it’s true. Lol)
So…we’re living life…we’re taking the path more traveled…we get lost…we stumble and fall…we get hurt…we heal…we get up…”OOOOH! LOOKIT!!! THERE’S THE ROAD AGAIN!” We get back on it…we get lost…we stumble…
See my point?
Now…what if, when we stumble and fall and get hurt…every time we think about that path, we still feel a twinge of pain?
We find a different path.
What happens when we’re on that different path…a little less traveled…a little harder to navigate…and we see that easier path forking off…and we head that way and…
Those ghost pains save us. They save us from trusting the wrong people too easily…they save us from falling into familiar patterns….they save us from being hurt again.
Those ghost pains are our emotional masks that remind us to keep our distance from familiar, but harmful patterns.
So, yeah…certain ghost pains won’t go away.
And, for that, I’m happy.