“Why are you writing about this after all these years?” “Isn’t it time to let it go and move on with your life?” These are the thoughts and questions that others ask when “it” hasn’t happened to them. Don’t worry for me, that I am mired in depression just because I speak of unspeakable things. I’m okay…truly.
I may write of memories faded or worse, never made. I may allude to sad times or lonely situations, but only because it was my reality, as bleak as it may seem. I’m not lonely now or sad or swimming in negativity. In fact, quite the opposite. I’m okay…really.
I don’t have a monopoly on losing a parent at an early age. There are many of us who faced childhood with a hole in our hearts and for many different reasons. We may still need to talk about it. Some may need to hear about it, just to know they will heal. We’re okay…seriously.
However, just because you didn’t experience it doesn’t make it any less real. Just because such honesty makes you uncomfortable doesn’t mean our honesty should not be expressed. No one makes it out of this world alive. No one escapes their time on earth without some type of pain or sadness. No one.
Into every life a little rain must fall; sometimes it’s a tsunami and sometimes it’s a steady, slow soak. We can become okay, even joyful. We can feel heart-overflowing gratitude. There’s always a rainbow somewhere. Don’t worry about me….I’m okay….really.