There are two responses to pain. Turtling up, shutting everyone and everything out, doing nothing and hoping it fades… which it generally doesn’t. Not without action.
The other response is to lash out, to turn the pain into a blade to cut and tear and slash at; the decision lies in whether you cut at the things that hurt you, to tear away the weak, broken parts and forge something new, or if you turn it inward on the few good things that remain or to carve away the parts of yourself that matter most.
Being a turtle has it’s perks… though it’s not really living. Time to grab the knife.