Escaping the underworld! | A Story About Bravely Facing the Darkness

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Most days I just go about doing the things.

Being myself.

Living fantastically.

It all feels sweet and fun and right.

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That is until my brain pulls me into its underworld.

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An underworld of insecurity. Where hags of darkness reign and where confidence, creativity, and delight feel crushed.

And I sit, caged.

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Swinging in the darkness, I feel pity for myself. Pity turns to despair, despair to resentment, and resentment to victim.

And I wallow in my victim while I swing in my cage - trapped, alone, and powerless while the hags around me laugh.

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Eventually surrender is all I can welcome. And I become silent in my cage.

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The hags are curious at my silence and come to get a closer look.

One at a time, they approach my cage and peer in.

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Miss Judgement comes first, and the light from her candle flashes quick across her face. In that moment, I see something I hadn’t noticed before...

Sadness.

Miss Judgement is sad.

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Then Miss Resentment draws near, and I watch her carefully.

She isn’t the bitter woman I thought she was. Loneliness is all I see.

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With each candle flash, I see more, and I see deeper.

Miss Perfection seeking acceptance, Miss Disappointment longing to be loved, Miss Jealousy wanting connection.

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And my heart shifts. I am not in the presence of my enemies, but of kindred spirits longing, just like me, to be enough, to be loved, to be accepted.

“I see you”, I say with confidence in my bones. “I too feel sadness, loneliness, lack of connection, and a deep desire to be loved. And I want to be your friend.

It seems we are not so different after all.”

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And with that, the cage around me turns to dust and the darkness becomes light.

And we look at each other and see kindness in each other’s faces.

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And we welcome each other. And we love each other.

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