I sometimes wonder what I would tell you if I met you when you were younger.
Would I hold your hand right at that moment when your heart was going to break, or would I stop you from doing the things that would lead to a lifetime of pain?
On that note, you should perhaps remember that there really is no “lifetime of pain”. I just said it for dramatic effect.
Sometimes there are several flashes of pain, during other days the suffering is prolonged and feels never-ending, but it will.
I wouldn’t say that happiness is fleeting like a butterfly. Instead it’s like a wave, strong on a few days, on others it’s but a ripple. And even though it will recede, remember it always comes back.
So maybe take both with a pinch of salt? Let them shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.
You should however pay attention to the small pockets of peace when life traps you in a flooding cave of emotions. They will keep you alive.
And remember, life is beautiful but can be chaotic, so sometimes you’ll need people to help you stay afloat, hold on to them for dear life. They can be friends, family and a stranger in the airport who offers you water when you’re crying.
But on most days it will just be you.