Healing is returning to how you were before you got hurt, not who you were. The magic is understanding that you can go back to being happy while at the same time less naive. You aren’t ready to heal unless you’re ready to take what you’ve learned and make it a part of you, to let your pain inform how you behave and what you will and won’t do, or tolerate. When that moment comes, you realize you’re actually more at ease than ever before, because you can trust yourself now. You know better, so you can do better going forward. The same way scars heal our physical wounds, we are often changed, but stronger, where we break.
– Brianna Wiest