Normally we associate this handsome devil with political satire or hilarious comments. You may even associate him with just cracking up.
He has been through an incredible amount of pain though. His father and two of his brothers died in a plane crash when he was just 10, leaving him and his remaining eight siblings with his mother. The family moved and Stephen found himself very isolated and so got into geeky things like Lord of the Rings and such. Due to a surgery he is deaf in one ear, which sidelined his hopes of studying marine biology. He went to college to study philosophy and quickly changed to be a theater major. He wound up working for Second City and a handful of shows now leading up to his Late Show hosting gig. His mother died a couple of years ago, which was very hard on him.
Despite everything he’s been through, Colbert is an amazing guy. It’s true that we don’t always get to see the real him, but so much of his compassion and love for others shines through in what he does. He’s big into charities and helping children especially. He just donated a ton of money to help South Carolina public schools.
He has this great quote that I think really sums up everything I know about him… and having a crush on him, I know more than I probably should… *shifty eyes*
“Don’t be bitter. Everybody suffers. If you can accept your suffering then you will understand other people better. Be grateful for pain. Love life.”
It’s an interesting concept for those of us in chronic pain right? With my PTSD and the like, I can be grateful because they allow me to be on guard and keep me away from toxic people. But how do you do that when you’re body has gone awry?
I wish I could explain it. Personally I find myself more grateful for my pain now. The biggest part of that is, I think, my compassion practice and meditation. Treating myself with the same compassion I might show my sister when she’s in pain has led to me loving myself more, which in turn has led me to loving the broken shitty body I live in. It’s not my knee’s fault that it hurts. It’s not my immune system’s fault that it doesn’t work right. Something happened to cause that.
Not everyone can define their cause. I’m lucky that the abuse I witnessed has helped me to remember much more details than others… and yet it’s possible that this abuse caused this illness. It’s hard to say for sure, but I believe it did.
What parts of pain will you be grateful for today?
Speaking of pain, want to hear how others cope? Join me on my MedX journey Sept 24-27! I’ll be live tweeting the whole time so hit me up@kirstie_schultz, catch the live streams at the Medicine X website, and join in the conversations using the tag #MedX.