When You Realize the Pain is All Around

By Millicent Sykes

You have been humbled by your sacrifices 

Attempting to assimilate to a world where my artist abilities are monetize or eliminated

Defying the prescription of life generated and force-fed since youth 

Without forcing a subscription from the gods 

How the paranoia of criticism has consumed my cognition, deciphering and deciding what is right, wrong, bad, or good 

What happens when the abuse of perfection goes away? Who are you then? 

What happens when the pain stops? Do you numb the experience, transcend, or embrace the darkness? 

How much we attempt to reject our destiny.. 

What happens when I don’t feel enlightened, inspired, motivated? 

When you recognize others lack of ability to socialize is due to cognitive dissonance, the resistance becomes tolerable 

When you realize representation matters, not only in the sense of ethnicity or race, but in the sense of being recognized as a human 

…living this human experience 

When you go into the depths of the negativity of humanity, you realize why there is a fight 

Are you willing to participate? 

Published by mindsetofathlete

I am a mental health professional in love with art, of various expressions. My career focuses on understanding health and fitness, acknowledging when a person has become unbalanced in their obligations, and determining the best customized approach for helping clients recover and heal. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, participating in outdoor activities, and exploring cuisines and cultural elements of my environment.

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