Re-blog: Healing Isn’t Linear And It Damn Sure Isn’t Pretty – Ari Eastman

Hello my friends!

Thought Catalog is one of my favorite sires – they provide quick reads on some pretty relatable topics. I wanted to share one that really hit home for me called : Healing Isn’t Linear and It Damn Sure Isn’t Pretty by Ari Eastman.

I have pasted her article below – enjoy! 

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I reopened some wounds last night. I mean, not literally. Though I guess that wouldn’t be atypical. I do have a tendency to pick at scabs. I’ve scratched things off until they bleed. I’ve pushed the tweezers a little too far. I’ve never been good at knowing when to stop.

Last night, I dug up repressed memories. I took a shovel to all my layers of defense mechanisms and didn’t stop until I hit bone. I stopped making jokes. I looked at the hurt and let myself sit in it.

And it was fucking uncomfortable. I hated every second of it.

Healing is not just hot tea and bath bombs from LUSH. It’s not a slice (…or four) of pizza and the familiar comfort of old Sex And The City episodes. It’s not yoga class or an impulse purchase of three pairs of yoga pants that look EXACTLY THE SAME after the class is over because you’re TOTALLY going to become a super Yogi now and need a wardrobe to match.

All those things can exist in healing. They can all be moments, be facets, be tiny attempts at patching up holes we’ve been living with for longer than we care to admit.

But healing, real healing, is usually ugly.

It’s not something you’re rushing to Instagram. It’s filled with dirtiness and secrets and things you’ve let go on too long. Healing looks like my puffy face. Looks like the nights spent crying because I can’t keep running from the skeletons in my closet. Looks like an empty plate because I was still nauseated at dinner from whatever bullshit I did the night before. Looks like trying to piece things back together when I don’t know where to start.

I don’t think we ever get over trauma. Not in the way we’ve come to learn the definition of get over. We adjust, maybe. We fiddle with the rearview mirror. We discover new parts of ourselves. Because, damn, if there’s one thing I can applaud humankind for its our resiliency.

I look at scars on my body and think about how they healed in such an understandable process. Like, I could see it healing. I saw the bleeding stop. I saw the scab form. I saw the scab fall off into something else. I saw the lightening. I saw the entire thing.

But emotional healing doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t get lighter every month. You can work so hard, you can come so far, and still fall back down without any warning. It doesn’t nullify what you’ve done. It doesn’t erase your progress. It’s just a reminder that healing doesn’t work in any linear way.

Some days, the hurt is so far away from me, it’s like it didn’t happen. It’s like it happened to a different girl. Someone I can almost touch, but she’s so distant, I can’t claim her as mine.

Some days, the hurt is screaming in my throat.

And on those days, I try to tell myself this is healing too. I try to tell myself there is validity in those emotions. In that hurt.

We are healing every day. It just doesn’t always look like it. TC mark

Does this article hit home for you as well? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences that relate in the comments!



6 thoughts on “Re-blog: Healing Isn’t Linear And It Damn Sure Isn’t Pretty – Ari Eastman

  1. Blue Settia says:

    Very real. I like it when you said: “It’s filled with dirtiness and secrets and things you’ve let go on too long. Healing looks like my puffy face.” Healing does look like a puffy face. We need to let it out! It isn’t “healthy” to hold back our true emotions. It’s one thing to hide them, but when we are alone we should be feeling true feelings. Healing always takes time, and it’s never ever easy. We all have different ways to cope. And, you ended it perfectly. The healing process progressively gets better, but it never looks like it. I will be thinking of you! I hope you find your happiness again soon, and I hope it stays for awhile.

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    • MadKatter says:

      Haha! No worries, I loved how it was written and just had to share it. Raw, is the perfect description for that article.

      Healing is succch a challenge and letting my self truly feel has been the hardest part. My therapist has mentioned this to me many times, but hey I am a work in progress right? We all are, it will get easier. Thank you for your sweet words lovely! ❤ I will be thinking of you as well!


  2. anxiouswriter says:

    This totally hits home for me, both in the physical as someone who deals with compulsive skin picking and in the emotional as someone who can’t leave well enough alone. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • MadKatter says:

      Hi there! Thank you for sharing a little of your story, I am glad that you enjoyed this article as much as I did!

      I do not have much in terms of physical symptoms but internally/emotionally – whew different story. Can I ask how long you have had the skin picking compulsion?

      Hope to chat again soon! ❤

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      • anxiouswriter says:

        I’ve had the skin picking likely since I was really little, but it only really resurfaced this year. Stay strong ❤️


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