When loss or trauma hit us, we feel like tucking them away in a box until we’re ready to deal with it all (or never at all). Until we’re ready to deal with ourselves and our life again (or never at all).
We do this because we think it’s the only way we can survive. In fact, our brains often begin to feel as though they’re faltering as they work to keep us from being triggered or having to process all that’s hard and heartbreaking.
That’s what happened to me in the aftermath of a truly traumatic loss… PTSD. My memory failed me, and I no longer functioned how I could before, all because my brain was trying to “box away the hard things.”
The only way to rise up and come back is to allow yourself to feel.
Fully. Deeply. Completely.
Without stuffing, tucking, or hiding aspects away.
No one can tell you what the aftermath is going to feel like for you, but I can tell you one thing: it’s going to challenge every single thing you thought you knew about living. Surrender to the unraveling and trust yourself to navigate this journey.
You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.