Everything Hurts

Turning pain into honey

Amanda VinciComment

Our chronic pain takes so much from us. It steals our time, our energy, our happiness and our money. But what if that pain could be useful? What if we could take our pain, and turn it into honey?


There was a story on NPR last week about how the writer John Updike wrote a collection of poetry when he was in his last stages of his battle with cancer. He called his creative process "turning pain into honey." What a beautiful statement. Taking the worst thing that could happen to you, and spinning it into a positive creative force.

Creativity helps us cope with our pain, and even helps us heal. It's easy for me to forget this, and I often take my creativity for granted, or look at it as a hinderance. I'm a creative by trade — it literally is my job title at a large advertising agency in NYC. So much of my day is churning out creative work at a high speed that when I get home, the last thing I want to do is continue to be creative. Which is why I haven't posted on EH in a month. Terrible.

It's time to use our daily pain for good, and allow ourselves to give life to something beautiful from something so ugly. Even if you're not artistically inclined, I believe that every person really is creative. Take the emotions of suffering and frustration and use them as the fuel to your fire. Whether it's abstract painting, baking cookies or journaling, seeing something positive come from something negative really helps to change how we view our pain.

Not sure where to start? Here are some fun and easy ways to turn your pain into honey: