Although it may look like my post should be entitled writing through rain, this picture reminds me of a dark time in my life. A time where I experienced pain. Nicholas Sparks experienced many traumas in his life. Among them was the 1989 death of his mother in a horse back riding accident. The result of that pain was the popular novel he wrote, Message in a Bottle. Many authors have written through pain. Sylvia Plath had periods of depression, mental instability and severe sinus problems. She went on to write The Bell Jar and many pieces of poetry. Author James McBride, writer of the National Book Award, The Good Lord Bird, also wrote a memoir surrounding his mother’s life. It was a story of pain. As a young Jew she married a black man, Daniel McBride, a minister. Her family said kaddish and sat Shiva for her, deciding she was now dead to them. McBride used the pain he felt growing up to write. Although pain isn’t funny, he manages to find humor in pain when he writes.
I am in pain right now. It’s not physical pain. It’s emotional pain of a kind I’ve never felt before. Pain can be a catalyst to the darkest of depressions, or it can be a springboard to strength and healing because sometimes pain is priceless. Pain doesn’t have to be an end. It may be a beginning.