“Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass. And when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired, we are scared, denying it doesn’t change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world. Head on, guns blazing. De Nile. It’s not just a river in Egypt, it’s a freakin’ ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?”

I have a personalized Google homepage, and one of the features on it is a rotating movie/television quote. This would be more interesting, if it didn’t constantly rotate the same five movies/shows. It’s a small miracle if I now did not know every line from “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Rocky”, and most recently, “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The quote above just showed up on my screen – it’s from “Grey’s Anatomy.” I’ve never really watched the show, but I loved that quote. Everyone knows the power of denial – allowing yourself to believe that something is totally different than you know it is, in reality. And, as the quote says, reality always manages to explode when you are least ready for it. You protect yourself from facing something that you know will eventually hurt so bad…but does the time you waste denying it actually make it hurt any less? Or does it really hurt more?