I don’t like talking about my pain. I don’t like talking about it because I don’t like to admit I have pain, I don’t like to admit that I have weakness, that I am vulnerable.
I am supposed to be the ‘teacher’ the one helping others along in their path, shining a light. I have this idea in my head of this infallible person, ‘perfect’ and incapable of anything but greatness. How than can a hero be human? How can this person relate to others effectively if they never experience pain, suffering, reality?
The long simple answer is they can’t. An effective teacher, an effective hero, is one who experiences pain and can be open and genuine with themselves and others while experiencing it. They can express their weakness, show their vulnerability, and embrace themselves, while allowing others to embrace them.