We've been together for quite a long time.
Years and years.
You'd think we'd be comfortable with each other by now, that we'd have grown into shapes that fit - learned each others ins and outs, developed compatible habits and ways of breathing.
We'll be together so much over the coming months.
In rain and biting winds and frost. Maybe even in snow.
So why do we rub up against each other in such painful ways?
Are we incompatible?
But I know that after this annual, seasonal initiation we'll be good together and you'll keep me warm and dry - you have in the past, year after year. I still have faith in you.
So how - why - do you rub me raw? Quickly and imperceptibly. I'm numb to the discomfort until it is too late. Until it becomes pain.
Maybe its my fault. I need to loosen up, not pull so tight. Perhaps we need more space between us?
I hope we'll settle down and travel well together in the future. I think we can. I know old patterns can repeat themselves, taking on a life of their own. But I refuse to accept that the past predetermines the future.
The future is not set.
In the meantime.....
the blisters bloody hurt.
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