“When life gives you lemons, try and make *something that resembles* lemonade.” – This is Us
We all know that bad things can happen to good people. We see it, we experience it. But sometimes, it hurts. We get handed the life's crumbiest crumbs, something so hard happens that we never experienced before. We feel like we just can't make it through. We all have our tough seasons. For me, that was 2019. That year, I went through unimaginable, heart-wrenching loss.
When you go through a loss of that magnitude, life will likely never be the same again. The normal you had is forever gone. But being on the other side of it, I can say that a new normal does eventually emerge. It may not be the old normal that you so desperately want. But eventually the new normal becomes ok too.
What happened in 2019 showed me that when hard things happen, we don't have to fall apart forever. We can eventually become stronger, more resilient. It showed me that life can sometimes be heartbreaking, tragic, and unfair, but that I can still do it. It showed me that we, as human beings, can keep going even when it doesn't feel like we can. And that we are not robots. Sometimes its ok to slow down and pull back too.
As much as I wish that the horrible heart wrenching pain didn't happen to me or any of us, there is comfort in knowing that we can do hard things. We will all be handed more hard things to work through - no one is immune to pain. If you are going through something hard right now - whatever it me be - know even if you don't think you can keep going, you can do this. It's not easy (it may at times feel impossible) but you will make it to the other side.