Posted on May 26, 2009
IT’S WHAT THE POETS SAY
“If you listen to the poets, they’ll tell you that a big, bad event in someone’s life changes them.
If you lose the woman you love or your legs,
You suddenly find a kind of beauty inside yourself.
That’s what they say – the poets.
The truth is, you don’t.
After a big, bad event, you only become more of the person you already were.” – Augustus Hill
I firmly believe that the most drastic changes in a person’s life can only be brought about by the kind of catalyst that shakes you to your core. The kind that flips your life upside-down, inside-out, busted into bits and smashed together again. The one that charges into your life like a t-bone car accident, smacking into you from left field and catching you unaware.
When what you thought you knew has been stripped away, all you’re left with is a choice to make.
You can stay down, bleed from your wounds and let infections fester. The only other choice is to stand up – no, jump up – and start limping. Soon the limp turns into a stride, and that stride turns into a jog. The jog becomes a sprint and one day you stop for a moment, turn around and see the remnants as only a microscopic dot on the darkening horizon.
Original Photo: tj.blackwell on Flickr
I have found a kind of beauty inside myself, but it’s a beauty that was always there. That beauty lies in unearthing more of the person I already was and finding a sense of tranquility in it all. When you are confronted with the reality that your life will no longer be what you thought it would be, you can start to imagine what else it can be… what else it should be.
Sometimes I feel as though I would resent anyone that would try to run awry with what I have going for me right now. To realize that about myself and my wants feels so incredible – like busting through chains that seem to enslave even the best of us.
Sure, some changes will kick you when you’re down. But if you can find it in yourself to kick back, you just might meet who you really are.
Now that is what the poets should say.
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