bitterness inside

karlina veras

The month started sour, with a sense of emptiness and loneliness. It’s sour letting people go. Accepting one’s fate. Life can be unpredictable even if we expect it, yet it still hurts.

This is what happens, it is the principle of duality, a universal law no one can escape. Ying, yang: one does not exist without the other. We need bitterness to appreciate the sweet, the cold to appreciate the hot, the tall to appreciate the short, the list goes on…

We as humans normally accept all these things and carry on. But there is one thing we keep denying: Death. It is the one thing that is certain in life and it is not an exception of the law of duality. We need to live in order to die. And from the dead life shall rise again.

That’s the way it is. Life is a sour journey, most of the time. People often associate sour with a bad, unpleasant taste. But why? Why does it have to be this way? It’s all about habit. It’s all about getting comfortable in our own circumstances. Tasting it so much until it’s not only second nature, but we end up enjoying it. And then not only is it enjoyable, but we can’t live without it.

Then before we know it, we crave bitterness. Life is empty without it. We need it.

But my question is: can we do this with death? Can we appreciate it, understand it, and even enjoy the process. I’m not entirely sure. But from what I can see, it’s a pain that never goes away. No matter how strong we are. All I know is that it’s here to stay. It’s a lemon that can’t be avoided.

It’s up to us to either pull a weird face every time we suck it up and let sadness fill our hearts, or to just accept it as part of life. Understanding and realising that as sour as it may seem, this is not the end.

Eventually it will get sweeter. From the floor, the only way is up.


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