One thing about me is that I love a big purse. I have a tendency to want to pack everything I own just to leave the house for a few hours. Okay, I’m exaggerating about the everything I own part but not by much. By the end of the day, I dread picking up that heavy purse to head home. My shoulder and back are screaming for me to put it down. Because of this, I recently started carrying less in my purse and it is literally a weight off my shoulders. My bag situation recently taught me something. So often we carry a heavy bag of pain and hurt and it weighs us down. Instead of unpacking, we’re loading more and more on our shoulders. Our bodies and souls were not designed to haul around the hurt and trauma we have experienced through the course of our life. As I’ve mentioned previously, I am a survivor of long term domestic abuse. Even after leaving the situation, I continued to carry the hurt and pain this person caused me. I came to realize that this person had no right to continue to live in my head. My own thoughts had taken the place of my abusers hands and words. I had to stop, unpack, and release the weight of the pain and it was an amazing feeling. This is not to say that I do not have bad days, but I have learned and am still learning how to travel light and keep pushing. You are not your past hurt and trauma. You are strength, beauty, and light. Lighten up that bag and see how much better you feel.