“Remember everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something”
When you lose love in your life, there is a huge hole left, a gaping hole in your heart where love dwelt. It doesn’t matter how that love was lost – natural causes, suicide, old age, accident … loss is painful. Loss of love hangs over you as a black cloud, raining upon daily life. And depending upon loss of whom – be it a parent, a child, a spouse, a friend – the damage to your heart can be long-term and feel endless.
“Real loss only occurs when you love something more than yourself.”
However, there is a glimpse of a positive aspect. I know this first-hand after losing the love of my life, my sweet husband, due to suicide. It has now been 28 months as of September 4th that he is gone from this world. Too soon, too hurtful, too sad. I faced so many unperceivable emotions during this time. Yet there is happiness in my life now. The light is brighter in my heart and my soul can breathe again. It was a lesson in breathing which began to teach me I could live again and be truly alive through the sadness.
The term “light at the end of the tunnel” is something which makes you believe that a difficult or unpleasant situation will end. I’ve lost love through several situations in my life. Loss of husband, parents, siblings, friends all feel just a bit different; the loss of my husband being the worst ever. Suicide is devastating and you never, ever get over it. I have learned, however, that you can live through it and “yes” you can even allow happiness to shine on you again.
My writing back nearly two and one-half years ago was what I call black writing. It was meaningful and important, yet bleak and dark. My life was altered forever. With the love of friends and what I believe are my angels surrounding me, I purposefully brought life back into my heart. Life trailed along in the form of furry pets, my three beautiful girls. These girls are three dogs I’ve rescued, or really who rescued me.
Fast forward to present day and I am profoundly happier and feel so much love through these lovable creatures from God. Love shows through and takes hold in so many ways and not just from furry creatures. My friends have been guiding beams of light as my ship sailed without a compass for a while. Many a stormy night presented itself during these 28 months, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that I still have “those days” or “those nights” when sadness consumes me. After all, when you have real love and lose it in this world, is it forgotten one day? Then again, I must ask you is that love you feel you’ve lost truly lost?
That love is what I miss in the here and now. But it’s NOT gone. It’s still here in my heart and always will be. And I believe Swayze’s quote – Martin did take his love and mine with him! The part I miss is the physical Martin in this life. He was gone all too soon. Although in life, we are never guaranteed what forever means. We have no guarantees other than to LIVE life. And that, my dearest friends, is the key element to life. We “must live life” in order to love and feel and be happy again.
“If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.”