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A strange day. Do you ever have one of those days that are just strange? I mean, it’s not like you’re sick or anything, but the day is just strange and you can’t quite figure out why?

I was watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy last night (I am a fan 🙂 ) and it was one of the first few episodes in season 3. Now, I had watched this particular episode before, but this time while I watched, I learnt something new. And I am here to share.

So there was this kid, who had some sort of chromosomal defect (congenital insensitivity to pain) that meant she didn’t feel any physical pain. So, this girl had a kid at school punch her in the abdomen a couple of times and hit her with a baseball bat, but she didn’t feel any pain, and because she didn’t feel any pain, she didn’t think anything was wrong with her. Turns out she had very severe internal bleeding and didn’t know.

Dr. Bailey (one of the doctors in the show) said something while operating on her. She said, and I paraphrase, that people forget that the pain is there for a reason. The pain reminds you that something is wrong.

There is so much truth and wisdom behind that. It’s very easy to wish you didn’t feel any pain, physical or emotional. It’s easy to wish that you just went through life without all that “unnecessary hurt” but think about it. Imagine not feeling any pain at all. You could break your hand and not know it. You could give yourself a mortal injury and not know. You could hurt yourself in ways that costs you your mobility, sight, hearing, and even your life and not know until it’s too late. All because you couldn’t feel any pain, and didn’t have anything to warn you of the danger you were in.

The same is true in the world of emotions and feelings. Sometimes things happen and we can feel/see clearly, that this thing is hurting us, but we choose to ignore it, because maybe we feel optimistic or are just living in denial and then at the end of a day, we end up a “hot mess” simply because we ignored the pain, forgetting that the pain was there for a reason. Probably to stop us from doing any more damage to our lives.

At the end of the day, even though nobody likes pain, it is there for a reason, and it gives us something to be thankful for.

It makes us more appreciative of the pain free days. Of the days we have that aren’t strange, the days where we smile all through. It makes us thankful for those moments where all is seemingly right with the world.

So, 6 days in, and I am thankful I have the ability to feel pain.

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