Avoiding suffering is not the key to happiness. Instead, stroke the face of suffering and find faith etched in its wrinkles. Find joy in the planes of sadness. Life is fulsome.
And so, my love, my sister, my brother, my friend, if you are mired in despair, please know that you can create meaning and joy from your trials. Even if you don’t believe there is a plan or a pre-ordained reason for your pain, you can create The Reason. You can decide why you are here. You can hold on to the hope that you can transform your suffering into joy, into healing, into a beacon lighting the rough seas for the less experienced sailors travelling behind you. You can create art. You can find your voice. You can offer your gifts. You can reach out and hold wisdom in your unclenched hands.
You will have a story to tell and there are people who need to hear it.
Telling it will save you. It will save them.