I've faced stronger walls than yours
(Bob Dylan from ‘Tempest’)
People are like fortresses.
The walls that bind our emotions grow strong with time. And we are strong when we are behind them. We can hang out a banner of ourselves, cast the right shadow on the wall, let the public voice ring out to the streets. Be popular. Unbreakable. Undeniable. Fortified. Safe.
We need nothing.
Those strong walls keep the world out.
But they keep a lot of good things out too - love, happiness, fulfilment connection.
My fortress is on the hill. I've lost the keys a few times in my life. Locked myself inside.
But eventually, someone brought me back out again – to see that the walls are actually emotions themselves.
We must remember to move outside; we must remember to enter the fury and foray. To be brave when bravery is scarce. To be open even when the doors are closed.
I could say a lot of things to you. That I care. That I will always be there.
But mostly, I just want to say that I have faced stronger walls than yours.
~ Aidan M.D. Ware