I have grown into believing that in every situation there is a lesson…and all that happens to us has a purpose. Actually, if I think back…maybe I am just wired like that. I do distinctively recall a lot of eye rolling from my best friend through high school on when I would sputter “everything happens for a reason” whenever something adverse happened to her. It drove her crazy! Maybe it’s that those of us believing in this theory are just eternal optimists that are spinning each situation into having a silver lining to make ourselves feel better…but either way, it works for me that bad things don’t just happen for no reason at all. I get to learn and evolve as I go.
Well, when someone you love dies it makes you question this theory. Especially when it is someone who hasn’t lived a full life yet. Someone who has children…and small ones at that. Someone who was loved by all and fought as hard as he could and that made no difference. He went through a hell of a year fighting and being sick for no difference in outcome than if he didn’t fight at all and just gave up. He is gone. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. He had plans, WE had plans.
This isn’t an “Everything happens for a reason” situation here. If that was said to me a month ago…you’d get far more than an eye roll!! However, I am beginning to look at things a bit differently as time marches on and I get further into the healing process.
I am beginning to believe that we all weren’t meant to be on this earth for 90 or 100 years. I believe we all have a purpose…some have many purposes. Babies right through to those living 100+ years. When we are taken…our purpose(s) were served. I’m sure Matt, over his 38 years and especially in his last year, inspired, motivated, healed, loved and impacted many. I can’t say that there was a reason for him dying, but I can certainly say there was a reason for him living.
So many said to me over the year I was with Matt that I was an angel sent to him and then even more so just after he passed. It made me uncomfortable because I wasn’t with him to be a saint, out of pity or for whatever reason some people thought (it was nastily said to me by a certain someone after he passed that I liked the “show” of being with Matt!! I say prayers for that person!!). I actually fell in love with him and he helped me more than I could have ever imagined in my own grieving process at the time. Odd that I am left in albeit another time of grief by the one who helped me heal!
I, now that I am moving through my stages of grief and through starting a new relationship, am actually embracing being told that I was his angel. That was MY purpose for him. It wasn’t a cruel twist of the universe…as I first felt when he died…to give me love, healing and hope and then snatch it away like a greedy crook. I look back and know how many times alone we spent cracking each other up. Rides to the hospital flew by and I swear people thought we were nuts at the laughing and goofing off in the waiting rooms when everyone there was in the midst of a dire situation. I brought him smiles, laughter and love. And he brought me the same. He was my angel, too. My tears of grief that would arrive in those alone times (especially in the car!) lessened and finally disappeared because of him. The pain in my chest that I held for so long that I didn’t even realize was there…was replaced by feelings of love from and for him. The grief never goes away, but Matt helped me live happily with it there. A purpose he had was to help heal me and show me I was able to love again.
It’s nearing five months since he’s been gone. I am lucky enough, and unlucky enough, to have met someone new to care for so soon. Grief and a new partner has it’s own set of challenges for both parties. But I see when starting a relationship without a sickness…which is all I have really known in the past decade…I was missing out on so much…even though I didn’t realize it then. I didn’t feel like it was lacking anything…it was perfect for what it was at the time. We were fulfilling a purpose for each other. Just as this new man in my life is in a role of helping me heal, he is serving a purpose. I am not sure if this is his only purpose with me and we will part ways tomorrow or next month or next year…or never…or how I am helping him, but he is making me smile and drying my tears (like literally drying them…hence the “unlucky enough” said previously).
I am now taking comfort in all the roles people past and present have played in my life. I am embracing all the lessons, love and healing and trying to let that take precedence over what’s been lost and gone wrong. Eye roll all you want.