It’s one of those dark, wet, and gloomy days, and the bleak weather has darkened my mood. I’ll be on my way home in less than an hour, and I’ve already decided to skip my evening workout. Instead, I will be grabbing a bottle of wine and going straight home. I know the minute I get home I will change into leggings and a t-shirt, put on some type of dark, somber music, and pour a large glass of chilled Sav Blanc.
I will let the shadows surround me tonight; I will open myself up to the heaviness of my emotions. This is not a sign of depression; this is a sign of self-expression. I honour my whole self — my yin and yang. My dark side is not evil or corrupt; it is where my creativity lives. It’s the side of myself that celebrates the hardships I have faced, my secret desires, and my inner strength. I cannot exist as half a person — there is no light without the dark. I will dance freely in soft glow of candle light; eyes closed, head back, and body limp.
Tonight is for me alone to get lost in my thoughts; shut off from the world around me. In the morning light I will be refreshed and whole.
“Accept your dark side, understanding it will help you to move with the light. Knowing both sides of our souls, helps us all to move forward in life and to understand that, perfection doesn’t exist.”
― Martin R. Lemieux