How do I express that everything has changed, yet nothing at all? Accepting that life will never be what it was. With the New Year, I wanted to leave the sadness and grief of my mothers’ death behind, embarking on a new year with new expectations on myself and the future. But that doesn’t change me. All the intentions and determination in the world cannot change who I am in the moment. You cannot command the grieving process or feelings to act in a certain way. If only it were that easy.
I wanted to push the past behind me, move forward. And in many ways I have. I have accepted the past several months were difficult and painful: that some areas in my life were put on hold.
In a world where progress is measured in success and “moving on”, it’s difficult to honor the grieving process as work in itself. I may not have been as productive in certain areas as I could have been, but I was (and am) working my ass off in other ways: grieving (action word). If only you could put that on your resume.
In some ways I’m surprised that I Continue reading