a note on grief
People come and go. Grief is a part of life that strikes when you may not expect it. You have to appreciate what you had, and lessons I’ve learned from the trail: keep moving forward. Physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Let yourself grieve, but don’t lose hope. The trail brings immense highs and that means the lows feel lower. Living your best life means some people can’t be in it, and that’s ok. You have to learn to move on.
Sometimes you feel every bump in trail, every bug seems to go into your eyes and ears, and the miles don’t add up. You may not get to where you want to go quite as fast as you had hoped. The people you counted on are gone from your life. You want to call your person, but they aren’t your person anymore, or talk to an old friend you lost, only to be greeted by emptiness where they once stood.
It’s ok to have bad days, it’s ok to cry. After all that, you gotta keep walking. There’s nothing else but to refocus on your goals and remember to go for them. Learning how to live with loss has been an incredible new challenge for me in some ways that I have not experienced before. I’m glad to have been on trail when they happened, because with the trail, the only option is to keep moving and process through it in that way.
Whether it is death, breakups, or estranged relationships with people you love, loving and losing is part of life. That’s something the trail has helped me heal through, and I know that the trail has brought this to many people. I hope that if you are going through something, you can find the peace that comes with acceptance, eventually.
They say it is therapy to be out in nature. Something to think about. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you if you are in a place that is too dark to face alone. We are here for each other in this beautiful world.
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