This month, we’re throwing a pity party. October was all about pleasure, so we thought it was fitting to make November all about pain. You can’t have one without the other, and November is maybe the most painful time of year there is. Seasonal depression, unpredictable weather, and the looming threat of holiday drama make this month a prime time for wallowing.
We hope that by sharing these stories, we can ease that pain a little bit — or at least feel less alone in it. After all, misery loves company.
As a chronically ill Sad Girl, pain is a feeling that is more like an old friend than an enemy. It’s an emotion I find myself consuming through songs about heartbreak, sad TV shows, and tragic stories, and a feeling I try to drown out with Advil, sleep, or constant whining to my partner.
Pain is often viewed as a negative, but I think it can teach us about ourselves. How we choose to move through pain, whether our own, a loved one’s, or a stranger’s, can say a lot about who we are as people.
We hope this month’s stories help bring healing and growth to our writers and readers and understanding and empathy in a world that sometimes feels more painful than not.