Sometimes we close our minds to knowledge because we know that once we know something we can never un-know it, and that is scary.
Sometimes we just do not want to acknowledge something, because we don't want to deal with it, at least not right at this moment. So we shove it further and further down inside in the hopes that it will stay out of sight and leave us alone.
I am here to tell you that it will never leave you alone, not really. It will continue to float to the surface on its own, but if there is no acknowledgment, no willingness to work on the issue, then someone will enter your life that will precipitate (cause an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable, to happen suddenly or unexpectedly) some scenario to get your attention. It will make itself known no matter what you do to avoid it, but in the meantime, it will sit and fester.
It is never good to leave things bottled up inside, it can cause no end of problems. Obviously, the best thing you can do is face it and let it go, but that is most often easier said than done.
It is an extremely brave act to face your demons, even though, you know once you look at them, once you SEE them, there is no turning back. No matter how scary the idea of taking charge of your life, releasing the demons and coming back to love may be to you, the overwhelming relief and gratitude that is the result will be greater than most anything you have experienced to date. It is always better on the outside than on the inside.