You will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it may be, make no mistake about it, it will cut through your flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you’ll bleed too. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over, you won’t even remember how you made it through…You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But when you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.
~ Haruki Murakami
‘The Allegory Of The Planets And Continents’ by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo