I look at my life always from the end.
I go to the future every day and look back on today.
It calms me down.
It gives me distance.
It allows me to see all the goodness that I have created after loss.
When I don’t do that, I have life envy.
Other people’s lives. Many lives. I envy them all.
You know other lives that were not interrupted by catastrophes?
The other’s who had more years with the people they loved?
More money. More opportunities. More brain. More charisma. More luck.
Why didn’t my life look like theirs, where I get to grow older with someone.
Where my kids get to keep their dad.
Where I don’t have to be the evil stepmother to other people’s kids.
I know, right?
This life envy view is a little dramatic.
I allow myself to go there.
To that envy place. It’s ok.
It is healthy to let loose sometimes.
I ask people in my classes to do grief cleanses.
So the above is just a bit of a grief cleanse.
A very healthy thing to do by the way at any time after loss.
First year. Or tenth year.
No matter how many years go by I don’t think I will ever not wonder about the other life I was supposed to have. You know the life where he didn’t die.
I will always look at my friends, my neighbors and notice how they got to keep their family for most of their life.
I watch the show, you have probably heard of it, This is Us.
Jack on the show dies young.
Living behind three small kids.
Tragic. Just like our lives.
True. Just like our lives.
We see the life of his kids and it’s not perfect but they make it.
They miss him but they forge ahead.
And they can be dramatic like me and you.
They get angry about how things turned out.
They say and do the wrong things.
Perfectionism is not healthy after loss.
If you are attempting to be perfect please know that it will hurt you more than grief did.
It will destroy the parts of you that made it through.
We can’t have that.
So do a grief cleanse, write it like it is to a friend.
Be dramatic for an hour or two.
Watch the show This is Us.
You are not a bad person. Neither am I.
We are just trying to make it through.
And if we come across a little off it is because we are.
THIS IS US.
With many faults,
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