“I’m wide awake
Yeah, I was in the dark, I was falling hard, with an open heart
How did I read the stars so wrong?
And now it’s clear to me, that everything you see, aint always what it seems.
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long
I wish I knew then, What I know now, Wouldn’t dive in, Wouldn’t bow down
Gravity hurts, You made it so sweet, Til I woke up on On the concrete
Falling from cloud nine, Crashing from the high, I’m letting go tonight
Yeah, I’m falling from cloud nine
I’m wide awake, Not losing any sleep, I picked up every piece, And landed on my feet
I’m wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself, no
I’m wide awake, Yeah, I am born again
Out of the lion’s den, I don’t have to pretend
And it’s too late, The story’s over now, the end
Thunder rumbling, Castles crumbling
I am trying to hold on, God knows that I tried, Seeing the bright side
I’m not blind anymore…”
Traumatic Learning, from painful and shocking experiences, Is unpredictable as to what the student learns. What lesson the student actually learns is largely dependent on their perspective and ability to put themselves to the side and intuitively and vulnerabley, put the peices into an accurate whole.
No one can do this for us, sadly and thankfully, only we possess that ability as feeling all our emotions is a fundamental reason for our entire life experience.
Watching X-Men yesterday with my kids, set me to thinking. Why would two men who both are brilliant and possess uniquely broad perspectives that few will ever truly appreciate, take two very different paths?
The answer is the lens of reality which each had created in their own minds.
Erik, let his pain direct his focus outside of himself, he deferred to his egoism. Though he had a strong spirit, it was directed towards others, fueled by fear and expressed as violence. He wanted not only to survive, but to destroy those who don’t understand him.
Xavier, had an enormous ability to see others because he could literally feel what they feel, know how they think and therefore possessed a perspective that even the most sensitive among us could never approach.