People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all…Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.
One day I realized,
my breaths are numbered.
And I wondered,
how many have I saved?
Now greedy with my breaths,
I breathe with calculation.
I can only give you one inhalation,
but upon my exhalation,
if I even question whether
I should have spent this breath on you,
then you were not worthy of it.
And I will not sell another breath to you.
—  Xaria Zephrine, Selling Breaths
Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.
—  Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ NCV