A Gift of a blog – The Unexpected Gift

*This blog is written by an incredibly talented writer and I’m fortunate that it now sits proudly within You Don’t Own Me

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness

And for the longest time, I couldn’t fathom how something so seemingly cruel could ever be considered a gift

It took me a long while to realise the profound truth hidden within that box


They say time heals all wounds

But some wounds run so deep that they become etched into the very fabric of our existence

A burden that alters not just your mind, but your entire being

It is as if your soul has been shattered into a million jagged pieces

Leaving you with the fragments of your shattered self


In the depths of my pain, I felt as though I had been swallowed whole by an abyss of despair

The hurt inflicted upon me was so deep

So agonising

That I believed it would consume me entirely

It left me broken and unrecognisable to myself

There were moments when the weight of the pain was so unbearable that I questioned whether I could go on

I was drowning

Suffocating in the darkness that enveloped me

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But somehow, against all odds, I found the strength to keep fighting

To keep pushing forward

And through that struggle, through the tears and the sleepless nights

I discovered a reservoir of strength within me that I never knew existed

It was a strength born out of necessity, out of the sheer will to survive

I learned that I was capable of enduring far more than I ever thought possible


The true gift of that box of darkness was not in the pain itself

But in what it led me to

It guided me towards remarkable individuals who became the light in my life

They reached out their hands and lifted me up when I felt like I was sinking

They showed me kindness, compassion, and love when I needed it most

And in their presence, I found healing

Their support and understanding helped to mend the shattered pieces of my soul

They gave me hope and reminded me that I was not alone in my struggle

They taught me the power of connection and the strength that can be found in vulnerability


The box of darkness also brought with it unexpected opportunities

It forced me to confront my fears and step outside of my comfort zone

It pushed me to discover my true passions and pursue them with unwavering determination

It opened doors that I never could have imagined

Leading me towards a future filled with purpose and fulfilment


The scars from that journey may still linger

A reminder of the pain I endured

But they are also a testament to the strength and the incredible capacity for growth that lies within each of us

They serve as a constant reminder that even in the darkest of times

There is always a glimmer of hope

A flicker of light that can guide us towards a brighter tomorrow


And so, I embrace the gift of that box of darkness

For it has transformed me in ways I never could have imagined

It has shown me the depths of my own strength and resilience

And it has brought incredible souls into my life who have forever changed my heart


In the end, it is the journey through darkness that allows us to appreciate the beauty of light

It is in the depths of our despair that make the heights of our joy are all the more profound.

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