We all have that dark part of us that we hide and in doing so we hide from it. We teeter on its edges, occasionally moving just beyond its horizons, but we avoid it at all costs. We stare into the abyss and nothing but dread stares back.
Yet, at some point I made the conscious decision to go in. It is easier to be in a dark place and stare up at the light than it is to stand out of reach of the dark and wander what demons lurk within.
Gradually, this dark place began to fill with light. Where once there were undefined shapes of forbidding, there now stands figures of encouraging challenge. The way out is easy to find, no longer a distant star, but more a beaming beacon. The euphoria of reaching a stop point was simply the realisation that it is possible to sink lower than you imagined and then rise out. I am no longer ashamed or fearful of this dark place.
It is easier to crawl out of the pit of despair than it is to avoid falling in.