I have scars. A bunch of them.
The most notable one, though, is this one particular disgusting surgery scar on my stomach. Oh, it’s hideous, let me tell ya. It never healed correctly – busted open a few times and had to be reattended to and whatnot. Anyway, the end result was a discolored, 1/2-inch wide, 8-inch long monstrosity that covers my entire torso. Ewww.
But you know what’s kinda funny about that? I barely ever remember that it’s there.
Isn’t that weird? I have this hideous “thing” that is probably the first thing people’s eyes are drawn to if they see my stomach; and yet I, the person who looks at it everyday, hardly see it anymore.
Which, of course, got me to thinking. (As just about everything seems to do these days…) Isn’t it strange that I have this glaring obvious scar right there in the mirror that I barely notice, and yet I spend so much time looking at and concentrating on the scars that aren’t so visible? Those are the ones that I try to “hide.” The ones that I feel are obvious to the world and that I spend so much senseless time worrying about and trying to gloss over.
But that’s just silly.
“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” – Harry Crews
It’s those invisible scars that seem to bother us the most, isn’t it? But like the above quote says, the hurt is over. It’s over. Let yourself ponder that for a second. Yes, the healing process may still be taking place, but the actual hurt – the actual inflicting of pain – is gone. That step is behind us. Isn’t that awesome?
I defeated the cancer that caused all of the scars on the outside of my body, so I will also defeat any and everything that comes along and causes the inner scars. Scars are proof of victory. I have been victorious before, and I will be victorious now.
And I have a feeling that someone out there reading this right now might have needed to hear this too. The pain is over, the scars remain – but we are the champions. Don’t let yourself forget that.
Fight on, my friend.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
– Khalil Gibran