I woke up today to the most inspiring and thought provoking quote. It was composed by written word poet Rune Lazuli who stated ever so articulately ‘Your purpose is hidden within your wounds’. I remember the instantaneous place of contemplation it took me to and how freeing the thought of embracing one’s scars really was.
I’ve often written before about the need in society of vulnerability and honesty. Each and every time I’ve spoken of the cathartic nature of opening up about our insecurities, our fears and the aspects of ourselves that we struggle with the most. But I’ve never quite delved into the notion that our journey in life towards betterment, towards a future that we so desire is to be found within the deepest and darkest elements of our past and the enduring wounds they’ve left on our psyche.
Inevitably, these are the parts of ourselves that we avoid the most. We push feelings and thoughts down to a point of repression because we fear that dealing with them or even just addressing them at all will trigger some avalanche of emotion that will render us completely unable to function. In truth, this is the place where our bad, narcissistic and self-sabotaging habits lie hand in hand with our negative emotions. Of which are inevitably triggered through the discourse of everyday life.
So what if instead of running away from these feelings of inadequacy we were to embrace the pitfalls of our past and display our scars as prizes we picked up along the way. Perhaps the key to moving steadily forward to a more informed and well lived life is to open the door on the things we have had locked away for such a long time. What if instead of carrying these with us as heavy burdens we placed them front and centre and attributed them for the lessons we have learnt in this crazy existence which we call life.
Maybe one’s purpose really is to be found within our wounds not because they determine who we are, but because by acquiring them we fought through times when it was difficult to see through to the other side and yet emerged nonetheless. Therefore it’s then easy to conclude that what we had deemed our inefficiencies are nothing but the complete opposite; our weaknesses are the key to our futures.