There’s a difference between suffering and pain. Pain is what you feel for a short period of time, often alleviated by ritualistic procedures (icing, heating, medication, rest, etc). Suffering, however, is a prolonged process. A process only fueled by the sufferer. That’s the difference between pain and suffering. We let pain go. Suffering is all the things we refuse to set free, leaving the only option but to imprison ourselves. Perhaps forever. If we so allow.