“Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt.”
– Haruki Murakami
Man, this lesson is hard.
As a person, as a parent, I have a history of fighting like hell whenever the people I love got hurt. We’re talking sound and fury and a bit of that whole wailing and gnashing of teeth thing – it hasn’t been pretty. I’ve given myself plenty of emotional bruises fighting against reality.
I do better these days, but this is still easiest to see in retrospect. Divorce? Painful, life altering, unjust, unfair…but damned if every one of those people has grown from the experience. Peer pressure? Painful, life altering, unjust, unfair…but sure enough, the kids are better off for it once enough time has passed.
We all take our turn when it’s time to be hurt.
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