morphineSure, morphine can mask the pain. You can continue to push forward with your daily life, continue to keep yourself at the level you are at. You can’t do much more, because that would create more pain and require more morphine. But you could survive. You could get by. Eventually, however, your body will be use to that level of morphine and the pain will start to hurt again. Logical answer is to just take more morphine. But how long till morphine doesn’t work anymore? How much pain are you willing to be in?

Surgery is more risky. It hurts more, its more invasive, and carries more risk of pain in other places. It is scary to go into surgery, what if it doesn’t work? What if I go through all that pain and it isn’t worth it? Sure, the surgery could permanently fix the ailment that I am having, I could get my freedom back, and live a more balanced life, but it is scary to try.

This is life as most people live. We all have some sort of baggage, some sort of pain that we walk around with on a daily basis. And most of us just do what we need to do to get by. We’re trapped thinking that there is something out there, outside of changing ourselves, that will cure us. We take the morphine. We take the 9-5 “safe” job that we hate. We come home and get disengage with our loved ones because we are nose down in what the latest Kardashian tweeted about her snapchat on facebook during her reality TV show. We argue with loved ones, ignore our children, and lose sight of anything that remote resembles goals towards success, because everyone else does. That is just the world. That is always how it is. That is our morphine. Our morphine masks the things deep inside of us that need curing by putting more “stuff” into our life.

And we push on. We push down the path of life and the morphine doesn’t work as strong for us because we developed a tolerance for it and the pain slowly creeps back in. We become desensitization to the things that mask the pain. So what do we do? We take more of it.

We take a higher level job. We take a bigger house and better cars. We take more technology and electronics so we can have more Kardashian tweets. We take more issues and argument with our loved ones, more ignoring our kids, and we push our dreams back of success farther and farther away from reality. Soon – dreams are something we hope to get at night, instead of something we work for during the day. And eventually, it all becomes too much because the morphine doesn’t work at all anymore.

surgeryWe all know the surgery option. We have seen people do the surgery. We know people have had successful surgeries. But we also know people who have failed during surgery and go back to the morphine. The surgery is complex. The surgery is taking a good look at yourself, the things around you, the pain that is in your life and instead of masking it with morphine, you have it permanently fixed through the surgery. This is making the tough decisions on your life to get your farther, to live your dreams, to have that success that you have always wanted. But it is risky. It could not work. You could lose the job and branch out on your own,  only to not make any money. You could decide that the person you married isn’t the person you love, and go another route, only to be alone and struggling. You could set goals and dreams toward success, and you may not actually get them – and then what will people think of you for trying?

But the surgery does work. It is not an instant fix – the recovery takes a long time, and the results vary from person to person. Rehab from the surgery could be very hard – painful at times. More painful that when you were on morphine. And the work you have to put in during recover is the most work you will ever do. But eventually the pain will subside, and a stronger you will come out on the other side. You may even have to go in for another surgery. But if you are truly dedicated to getting off the morphine and fixing the pain in your life, you need to be willing to go under the knife and get the surgery as many times as you need until it becomes a success. Until you can look at yourself, and you can honestly say that you are no longer in pain, you are off the morphine and you are living the life you dreamed about, you should be willing to get the surgery as many times as you need until it works.

Morphine is the safe route. Surgery is the success route. The choice is up to you.