“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

Real pain is something that we’ve all experienced. Whether it’s physical or emotional, pain is one of those universal feelings. Intensity may vary, but we’ve all known it.

Emotional pain is just as bad, if not worse, than physical pain. It impacts the part of yourself that’s the weakest.

Emotional pain can lead to physical pain naturally. It might be a headache after an overlong period of grief, stomachaches from anxiety, weak knees from fear, or any combination of any amount of pain.

Even without a natural progression, emotional pain can mean physical pain. This is why some people cut themselves or commit suicide. Physical pain, even at its worst, is preferable to emotional pain.

Pain is mental. This is why we jump when we’re afraid just as much as we jump when we actually get hit or yell like we’re in pain when someone feigns a punch or a kick at us. You respond to pain before you feel it sometimes.

Pain is worse when it takes away hope. That moment when you realize your loved one won’t come back is deep pain, because you still were hoping they would. That final break makes the pain more intense.

Hope isn’t the only emotion that can lead to pain. Love, excitement, freedom, and passion can all set up opportunities for agony.

Sometimes pain is a good thing. S&M being the classical example, in some cases pain is equivalent to pleasure.

No pain lasts forever. Emotions fade and wounds heal. The longest you’ll ever have to be in pain is death.

Pain can be distracted. Because it’s mostly mental, pain fades when you focus on something else.

Unlike love, there are ways to combat pain. Physical pain can be treated by doctors relatively easily, even if it’s severe. Emotional pain isn’t as easy to fight, but anti-depressants can help for clinical problems, and drugs like cannabis are safe ways to deal with short term issues. And of course, there’s always ice cream.