Today I saw a post on Facebook asking this question.
I scrolled through some comments and, unsurprisingly, the answer was a resounding yes.
I wouldn't disagree with that.
Of course pain changes people. The ramifications of living with constant pain has to have an impact on life.
But the same could be said about other things in life. A new relationship, breakdown of a relationship, a new job, loss of a job, new additions to the family, bereavements, winning the lottery.....(yes, if only)
Life happens and when it does, it has a habit of changing us. Not just changing us, but shaping us into who we are. Everything that happens makes us grow into the people we are.
So yes, life changes us. But we always have a choice. We can still choose who or what it changes us into.
Perhaps sometimes we need to embrace whatever is happening in our lives, whether it is good or bad, and let it change us in a positive way.
Change is inevitable, but the choice of how we change is ours.