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Do you remember the book (or the movie) The Giver?
The lesson struck me today as I was talking with my best friend across the country who is also currently going through a really rough time.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet, I highly recommend it.
The premise of the story is a dystopian future that brings to light the comparison of pain and joy.
Without pain, we cannot experience joy. If we don’t have pain to compare joy to, do we really even feel it?
We need both to truly experience being human. There is a lesson in every experience, no matter how painful. Even if it is just so we can experience joy in the future.