“Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby…” –Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz

Have you ever asked yourself the question: Is there life beyond chronic pain? Have you found yourself so far down in the pit of despair that all you can see in front of you is pain, pain, and even more pain? With ‘chronic’ in the title, our minds allow us to fall into a depressive state, unable to see a life beyond our pain.

But, fellow warriors, there is!

When I found myself so far down in the depths of depression, the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow gave me the glimmer of hope I needed to rise back up and strive to overcome my pain. It helped me see a picture of a life beyond my pain.

How is that possible?

Mind over matter.

Yes, it is easier said than done, and, yes, I have said this before. But, I cannot stress it enough. It is a matter of … Are you going to let your pain define you or are you going to overcome it and strive for a better life?

Drowning in despair is not living! You must find that glimmer of hope and hold onto it tight. It is there, but you must reach for it!

I know I have been emphasizing hope a lot in my recent posts, but it is because I have been in the darkness, allowing myself to fall into that pit of despair.

I never want to go back!

Everyday, I strive to find that glimmer of hope and grab it by the reins because I know that, if I let go and fall, I may never get back up.

I do not want that for you, fellow warriors.

Keep fighting and never lose sight of hope!