I just finished watching “Wild” the movie about Cheryl Strayed’s hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail. I had read the book a long time ago and home today, sick, I scrolled through Netflix looking for something to watch.
There is a lot to learn from that movie…perseverance, just put one foot in front of the other, sometimes to really change you have to really change things. But, for me, the most poignant was in her last few sentences as she stood on the Bridge of the Gods at the end of her journey. What if she had known when her mother died that she would years later find love again, marry and have two children, and that it would all work out? Would she have been able to handle the devastation of her mother’s death better?
I have been in a place where there seemed to be no hope. The losses were too great. I had failed, massively. There was just too much grief. What was the point of life if it was filled with so much pain? As the years passed, I barely noticed those first few years that I was getting better, that life was getting better. Now I look back and think, what if I had known in that time of darkness that everything was going to be okay? Would I have handled the devastation better? Would I have stressed less and lived more? Would I have not let joy be eclipsed by sadness? Would I have been more grateful for every step I took that brought me to today?
Wherever you are in your journey, no matter how deep in grief, high in anxiety, or low in depression, please know that things will change and get better, just as they did for Cheryl, just as they did for me. Please know that years from now you will look back and be surprised at how your life has changed, how good it has become.
There is only two things you need to do today. Put one foot in front of the other with the knowledge that things will get better and be grateful for every step you take.
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Wishing you a week filled with light and love, Darlene.