I’ve long been a fan of the Star Trek television series and films, and out of all the Captains, James T. Kirk has always been one of my favorites. Although I do enjoy the version by actor Chris Pine, the one portrayed by William Shatner will forever be the best.
The most memorable quote by Kirk (Star Trek V The Final Frontier):
(The full quote: “Damn it, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They’re the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!“)
This quote resonated with me on so many levels both personally and as a writer. Our painful experiences deepen and enrich our lives, and make us the individuals we are. Without painful experiences, how else are we able to sympathize and empathize with others? They make us human. Our painful experiences also enable us to be better writers. To create real characters that our readers can identify with.
For me, on a personal level, I’ve decided to keep my pain instead of seeing shrinks to help ease them. Not (just) to punish myself (yeah, morbid), but they help me craft better poetry and disturbing stories.
Sounds so Stephen Kingish, eh?
This is probably one of the reasons why I write dark stuff although lately I’m attempting to write Romance (but of course they’ll have some dark qualities in them). Life is real, and it’s hard. Life isn’t all roses and sweet. But, it does have moments of hope and love and laughter.
Being human is complicated. Full of layers. Both good and not-so-good.
Like Captain Kirk.
What about you? Do you have a favorite quote that resonates with you?