Getting Back Up and Moving On

Getting Back Up and Moving On

Over the past two weeks I’ve been reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s about the life of Louis Zamperini a World War 2 POW. I’m not going to go in to all the information in this book, read it yourself. It’s a good book that makes you stop and think about the small things we all complain about and think are a big deal. It also shows you how resilient some people can be. In his sixties, after all the abuse he encountered, Zamperini still ran a mile under six minutes and took up skateboarding in his seventies.

There’s one section I will take from this book because when I read it I thought of myself as well as those close to me who sometimes do this. All of us have been hurt in many ways by others, no one escapes some type of pain in this life. Sometimes it’s a minor thing or something as bad as a physical attack or years of mental abuse that leaves us impaired in some fashion.

 The section that hit home with me is in regards to letting go of the pain and hurt physically and mentally that other people inflict upon us. Many of us like to play the victim long after things are over in the hopes it will punish those who hurt us.

 The POW prisoners would give different names to the guards and camp commander so Guards wouldn’t know they were talking about them. The Commander of one of the POW camps Zamperini was held in was called Bird.

From Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand:

“The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when they make their tormentors suffer. In seeking the Bird’s death to free himself, Louie had chained himself, once again, to his tyrant. During the war, the Bird had been unwilling to let go of Louie; after the war, Louie was unable to let go of the Bird.”

Letting go, moving on and continuing to grow and live is sometimes not easy after trauma. To me the best revenge is to live a happy life, not letting that loop of revenge continue to play repeatedly in my mind and allowing abusive people to live rent free in our heads.


Doesn’t mean that when they trip we can’t smile as we walk by………………….