There comes a time in a person's life when they have to come to terms with things they've been avoiding. Maybe it's the realization that a dream will never happen. Maybe it's the end of a relationship. Maybe it's the cold hard truth of an addiction or a family member's addiction.
Whatever it is, when you finally sit down and say, "Ok. It is what it is," you find it hurts. It hurts with a real and tangible pain. Even if it's something as simple as thinking you were a pretty darn good cook and finding out, wow, you're REALLY not.
The truth hurts.
But the truth is necessary.
In order to become authentic versions of ourselves, the truth has to be identified. Living behind masks and half-truths only serves to make us unhappy and want what we can't have.
We're not content with our lot in life until we can step back and take an honest assessment of who and what we are. This is a process; something that takes time. Again, it hurts. It hurts a lot, like crying in the fetal position on your bathroom floor kind of hurts.
But with pain comes healing. And with healing comes joy.