i blink hard. but never long. the former helps to soothe the pain and to prevent the onslaught of tears. the latter gives them the freedom to pool in my eyes.
i feel the sting multiple times a day. and so i'm used to it now. sometimes i wonder if i should be letting the tears fall, but there comes a point where you just don't want to cry anymore. or at least not as much.
so the sting is there. an invisible pain. mine to feel, but for no one to see.