During my middle school years, my English teacher taught us Shakespeare’s works. She said I was one of the best students she ever had and she had never heard any student recite “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” with as much passion and pain as I did.
Even at that young age, through the passion of my English teacher, I understood and appreciated the complexities of life, choices, ambition, friendship, war, greed…..and most of all, the painful feel of being betrayed.
For many weeks during those middle school year, “Et tu, Brute? (Latin phrase meaning “and you, Brutus?) rang in my ears. Caesar uttered these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friend Brutus among the assassins.
Over the years, I have realized that the power to hurt you isn’t in the hands of acquaintances or strangers. They can’t do anything to you. They really can’t.
Those that you will give up your life for,
Those that you try the hardest for,
Those that are the closest to you,
Those that you trust,
Those are the ones that can unleash terror in your life and stick that dagger deep into your chest…..or worser still, in your back.
Only those that we love have the power to give us the Unkindest Cut of All.
Be careful who you allow into your heart and life.
Be very careful.
Let us assume, despite your utmost caution, somebody that you trusted stuck that dagger deep into your chest…..don’t worry.
Don’t suffer alone.
I’ll share with you the pain I have endured.
You can share with me the pain you have endured.
We can cry together, joke about life and move on.
The sun will set and rise again.
The tides will flow in and out again.
Everything will be alright.
All is well. All will be well.