Do you see herpes as a dead weight in your life? Is herpes dragging you down with each step? If we don’t put awareness into our relationship with herpes, it will drag us down, much like if you were to strap a few hundred pounds of dumbbells to you and walk around life denying the weight’s existence. You’re liable to eventually just want to give up out of sheer exhaustion.

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But what else are weights good for? In what ways do people actually seek out weight in their lives? Those people who want to get stronger. If you go to the gym with the intention of getting stronger, you will approach lifting the weight from a much different perspective. You will appreciate that initially lifting the weight may be difficult because it’s new. But you know it will serve your health and quality of life. Eventually lifting weights will become easier … just something that’s done as a positive habit in your life.

Chuckle all you want, but herpes is just like weightlifting, just like exercise — but from a psychological angle. If you have the mentality that this thing called herpes can make you stronger if you use it in a positive way, then it will. Each time you disclose to a partner, each time you have a herpes occurrence and don’t shame yourself about it, each time that you do something positive in spite of having herpes, that is building the strength of your character. These are all reps in the gym of life (okay, stop chuckling).

It’s a simple law of nature: issues avoided become greater problems; issues that are taken head on with a positive attitude help you grow and become stronger. It’s no different with herpes.