If You Face Your Pain on a Daily Basis, You Deserve the World

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Quiet Heroism

It’s safe to say that we suffer the most when we’re alone. And some of our strongest moments are when we whisper to ourselves, “I’m not going to stop.”

But life isn’t a movie. There isn’t anyone around to cheer us on or give us pats on the back. Most people will never witness these moments. But you will, and you’ll remember them.

The modern world is soul-draining, chaotic, and painful. And to survive it, let alone thrive in it, it’s going to take a lot of these resolutions.

I define Quiet Heroism as resolve without spectacle. It is making internal decisions and choosing simple actions. But remember, quiet does not mean insignificant.

Here are some examples of Quiet Heroism:

  • You struggle with mental illness but you’re taking steps to heal and live.
  • You show up for your friends even when you’re in pain too.
  • You take in everyone’s bitterness and cynicism but you keep moving forward.
  • You learn to show yourself compassion.
  • You keep failing to kick your bad habits, but you still commit to ending them for good.
  • You speak the truth, even when you’re terrified.
  • You endure all the modern insanity but you manage to stay grounded in your own reality.
  • You’re charitable without telling anyone.
  • You’re petrified of talking to people but you still make attempts to speak.
  • You keep showing up, even if you suck.
  • You find the strength to tell someone you’re suffering.
  • You’re ambitious even when no one else believes in you.
  • You endure a job you can’t stand to provide for the people you care about.
  • You make yourself uncomfortable in order to grow.
  • Instead of choosing meaningless online grandstanding, you actually volunteer in your community. You don’t even post about it.
  • You’re just surviving. Even if all you can muster right now is getting out of bed and drinking water.

Keep Going, Even If You’re in Pain

“You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. And that, my love, is bravery.” – Anonymous

There is beauty in acting when you feel you have every reason not to.

A person who fought demons in their head, alone, is a person who fought for their own life. And that fight is righteous. Heroic, even.

To anyone who seeks to heal, to move beyond their pain, and to find what matters to them, this is for you.

This is the good fight.

So please, keep going. I believe we can get where we’re trying to go.