There Comes A Time
You Never Know How To Grieve Until You Grieve
You will realize how shallow the words, “I feel your pain or I’m praying for your family in these hard times” are, because nothing, not even prayers seems to ease the pain in the pits of your soul. Death uproots you from everything you thought you knew and the ground that always felt so stable.
You realize that you will always live with your hands outstretched for things that are no longer there as Chimamanda says in Notes on Grief.
You Are Not Responsible For Everything That Happens To You
You realize that their projections have nothing to do with you and those who are not gentle with themselves will be reckless to you. You realize that not everyone will see you or accept you unconditionally.
You stop carrying a lot of weight that doesn’t belong to you and the pain of shame and guilt. You realize you are an imperfectly perfect human being and people who abused or mistreated you did so because that’s the only way they knew how to love.
Your Parents Loved You In Their Best Way Possible
At some point in life, you stop blaming your parents for not loving you enough when you needed them the most. You stop resenting your father for all the times you waited for him to come home but he never showed up.
You stop blaming your mother for settling for less and staying in a dysfunctional marriage. You understand that she did her best to provide for you and your siblings because that’s how she knew how to love you.
You stop looking at your mother like a bad mum but a wounded girl who looked for love in the wrong places. You see her as a vulnerable young woman who believed the first man who said he loved her.
She never knew how to love or be emotionally available, because she never experienced that. With time, you accept your parents for not being the caregivers you needed and appreciate them for the ways they took care of you.
You Are Worthy Of Love And A Beautiful Life
Growing up, we were always taught how to love our parents, and our neighbours but no one ever taught us how to love ourselves or how to forgive ourselves. And we hardly talk about the price we pay for not loving ourselves unconditionally.
When you don’t love yourself, you put others first, you abandon yourself, you love others from a place of fear and trauma, and think you are not worthy enough to be chosen or loved.
After a series of brutal lessons, and being aware of your patterns, you start loving yourself.
You forgive yourself for all the ways and all the times you hurt yourself. You start choosing yourself and rewriting your story. You start seeing yourself for who you have always been. A queen wrapped and adorned in beauty and boundless grace.