Big. Feelings. Let me tell you how much they scare an introvert. It takes me days to process them. Days. But, just like this sunset image I snapped the other day, each day has an end to its story, every life begins and ends with a story, and if you step back and take it all in, it’s one big, beautiful story intertwined together. Each friendship, relationship and connection creates part of a story. Chapters begin and chapters end. Stories are the fabric of our lives. Even suffering in every story, has a place. So, I have learned to listen.
This week I listened:
❤︎To a beautiful friend that I reconnected with after years because of a misunderstanding. Years that were lost, a story that ended. But by diagnosis, open-mindedness, forgiveness, and letting go of fear – a new chapter has begun. The story will continue through our tears, laughter, and smiles.
. ❤︎To my grandmom, who is ailing. I listened as my heart wanted to scream and take away her pain. I smiled, though I wanted to cry. I talked even though we can’t have the same conversations. I know this story is close to an end. The final chapter is approaching---my only comfort is knowing that love is a main character in the story.
As I write this, I am sitting in my basement and I see the two little chairs my babies used to love, they are worn, and may be too small for them now, but they are part of my story. Memories come flooding back as I look at them.
So, all these stories teach me that -
❤︎Everything has a season.
❤︎Change happens, it’s inevitable.
❤︎Be kind, because everyone is living their story, and you might not know what they are walking through.
❤︎Like nature, everything happens on its own time. When it’s ready.
And stories will begin, end, and live on through all the lovely memories that are collected through them. They can be rewritten. They’re the creative conversation of life, the currency of human contact, and the meaningful experiences that get us through. It’s been a week of happiness, sadness and all. the. emotions. My story will get me through. I want to write well and edit often. ❤︎