To be human is to know pain.
Emotional pain, physical pain, psychic pain, hidden pain.
When we are young the pain can be temporary and heal quickly.
A toddler can fall, cry and then be okay, quickly.
When we get older we learn about emotional pain. Losing a pet, a relative, having a friend move away. Losing a friendship.
It just gets harder.
I am in a lot of pain right now. My dad passed away on April 1st and I am still healing.
And unfortunately lots of physical pain. Had an issue with plantar fascitis on my right foot for sometime now, several years. Have a left knee I twisted golfing 2 1/2 weeks ago. That was a scary pain where I could hear something. Was worried I would have to go to the urgent care or ER but was able to walk it off. Occasional headaches, other pains.
All are draining. Mourning is the largest drain on my psychic energy.
Pain is part of being human. I am glad we have Tylenol (although it’s a common drug for overdose), ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen. I am trouble by the narcotic drugs like Oxycontin that are now commonly prescribed and often addictive, and very often abused. Oxycontin by far is the most commonly abused drug in Maine. Pot of course is the most commonly used, but it is absurd that that is class 1 and illegal.
I hope we get better at pain soon. It’s only going to get harder in an aging society.
Maybe we aren’t meant to last so long as humans.