Showing the scars

As we go through life we all have some scars to show both physical and emotional. This isn’t something we should worry about it is just part of life. What is important is how we deal with the impact of those scars.

On a hack out today we were discussing those bumps, bruises and injuries that we have gathered over the years riding. Falling off horses is one of the hazards of riding and most people will have a range of injuries to discuss. I have a bad hip, back and ankle that are all linked to equestrian pursuits. 

The issue isn’t that I have these problems it is more how I am dealing with them that is important. I have learnt how to reduce the stress on the injuries and how to use extra support from special bandages when it is needed. The problems will not go away but I can alleviate the pain and know what to do.

I just wish we could all do the same with our emotional scars. We usually ignore them in the hope that they will just go away. But they don’t and if we refuse to deal with them the pain will get worse. Our experiences are what makes us so I am not saying we should avoid emotional stress, or that we should spend a lot of time analysing how we got those scars. 

What is important is that we find a way to deal with them in the same way we deal with physical pain. It doesn’t mean painkillers; it means learning how to live with it. We can reduce the stressful elements and focus on ways to strengthen our mental state. It will bring increased resilience to help us as we go through life.

The scars we have are not something to hide or deny. They are part of us and what is important is how we learn to live with them in a positive way.

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