leaping over the edge

uncomfortable is not the same as in pain.
when I am trapped in my mind,
unable to push away thoughts
about my failures and my mistakes,
that is pain.

but when I am sitting on the edge
of all the things I could be
finally allowing myself to hope –
when I am starting to feel
that I might be ready
but still can’t quite leap over
into the person I want to be
that is uncomfortable.

there are days when I can learn
to struggle in my discomfort
but I should never force myself
to struggle in pain.

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