There comes a time in everyone’s life where they have to grieve a loss. Be it a parent, a job, a friend, or a wedding, this is something that we all encounter at one time or another. It became very apparent to me last October that I had never truly delved into the darkness of grief, true grief, until I lost my best friend very suddenly to a stroke. Flash forward 5 months later, and I am struck with the same dark and dreaded emotions as my father was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer after a seizure.
It takes a special person to pull you through the dark times, and what I learned over the past 7 months of darkness is that the light and hope must come from within, and that nothing is permanent. No emotion, no frame of mind, and nothing on this earth is meant to last forever, so I had to learn to ride the waves of sadness coupled with brief periods of joy and peace in this crazy storm that we call life.
The purpose of this post is to help you know that this earth is better with you in it, that mental health is a very real issue, and that you are not alone. During this uncertain era, it can be easy to lean into the darkness and feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel; but I promise you, friend, that no feeling is permanent, and you will succeed once the storm has passed.
Pictured below is my partner, Cole, and I weathering the storm together.
Take good care, friend.