Coping with pain……

We all cope with pain in different ways. Some are healthy some not. After spending a lot of time in addiction, I now Choose healthy outlets of dealing with pain. Writing to me has become such a positive way to express what I’m feeling. My brother was visiting on the weekend and he was asking my mom questions about the past. I asked him why he wanted to know what he’d asked. He told me just like your outlet is writing, mine is painting. He’s an amazing artist and I know for him it’s very therapeutic. Everyone who knows me, knows I can’t draw much of anything.

I often think I have some sort of artist block. My family is filled with really good artists on both sides of my family. I’m artsy in other ways but not drawing or painting. My mom, aunts, grandparents, great grandparents, my brother and my dad all very good. I’m lucky if I can draw stick men. We play a game with my friends called telestrations and well to put it nicely nobody wants to sit near me. It’s a game you have to draw and guess what others have drawn. It’s very comical when I’m there.

I love that my brother has found an outlet to his pain. That pain I would not wish on anyone. I love that he can draw things that are hard to remember. Finding that outlet is very therapeutic. I used to struggle with writing in school and my step dad used to help me write my English papers. I’ve always written in a journal, but journals and blogs are very different.

I’ve been wanting to write a book but can’t quite get it where I need it to be so I decided blogging is good and I can write about whatever I want. A young girl I know she’s 9 just started blogging Recently. I told her that she’s chosen a great passion and to keep writing. Her mom says she’s crazy about writing like I am. That makes my heart soar.

As you cope with pain what are ways that work for you. I would love to hear about it. I also pray a lot and listen so worship Music very loudly. Praying grounds me and gives me peace. In times of pain I love to read the psalms they bring me great comfort. As I get older I find I have less anxiety and fear in my life. I’m so grateful for that.

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