What a week. America elects Trump and Leonard Cohen dies.
Do you think those two events are related? Did Cohen see the news and lose all desire to ever sing again?
Cohen was, first and foremost, a poet. He said that he only took to song writing because he couldn't make enough money from poetry.
The lines of poetry, from his song 'Anthem', that have been haunting me this week are these:
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
We are obsessed with papering over our cracks.
We are constantly bombarded with Facebook and Instagram posts of people's perfect offerings. Perfect faces, bodies, children, houses. We never get to see the hidden wrinkles, cellulite, behavioural issues and damp.
It's so easy to believe in all of it, particularly if you're an adolescent, programmed to hate your own flaws and disregard anyone else's.
One thing the last year and half has taught me is that there really is a crack in everything. Everyone has their hidden struggles - their addictions, their fears, their challenges, because that's how life is.
I've also learned that, once you find out how to deal with those cracks, how to fill them up properly, rather than just pour booze into them, you'll be stronger and more fearless than ever before.
Now, when I meet someone new, I look past the perfect face they show the world and try to see the cracks. Because it's the cracks that make us unique, that make us interesting. Without them it's all a bit bland, a bit meh.
It's the cracks that let the light in.
Thank you, Leonard Cohen, for leaving us your words, and happy Sunday to you all,
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