You don’t dislike the whole painting because it has one ugly color

painting-05Everything has its upsides and downsides. My life has been quite awesome, lately, and also quite difficult.

There have been days when I have just not felt like going on.

But then it occurred to me that my life is very much like a painting with a variety of colors. Not all are going to be vibrant and beautiful.

Some may be like this:


Not very vibrant. Not very pretty. But part of the whole. Part of what makes the rest of the colors look that much nicer.

It’s all part of it.

So… onward.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

5 thoughts on “You don’t dislike the whole painting because it has one ugly color”

  1. You must be in my head. This is exactly how I have been feeling right now and for a while. I just haven’t been able to express it correctly. How to get it right when I want to explain it to people. You did it perfectly with this Post.

    Take care my friend,

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