I’ve been itching to blog for a few weeks now. I have had plenty of opportunity, however, I usually need to be spontaneously inspired and I sit and I don’t stop writing until I hit “publish”. Sometimes it takes all of 15 minutes to blog a thought. Sometimes hours. It is usually sparked by something I am feeling passionately about…grief or happiness being the usual suspects (talk about one end of the spectrum to the other!).
Today brings us here by way of both…as I came across this memory this morning.
Posted on Facebook 3 years ago:
Wendy Lee Auger is feeling grateful.
November 17, 2015 at 2:35 PM · Sanbornton ·
I believe Life is 10% what happens to you… And 90% what you make of it. 10% of me is pretty broken and hurting… But 90% is feeling pretty good, content and fulfilled. That’s not a bad ratio….
It got me thinking about how I came to be able to focus on the positives. Even during my negatives. I know it’s a choice, but it really comes natural for me. Like that’s how I’m wired. It then brought me to look at my upbringing, what molded me and my sisters. The four of us girls are really different in a lot of ways…but we are very similar in this department. Three out of four of us have had significant losses (all of us struggles and bumps) over the past few years. Me losing the father/father-figure to my kids from liver failure six years ago…and my next boyfriend to cancer three years later, one sister losing her husband in a car crash five years ago…and one sister losing her son to an overdose just shy of two years ago. That’s some serious crap right there in our little family. And you know what? We all mourn/ed and we all grieve. And we all will. And we live. We find joy in our life. We all have done it in our own time…in our own way…and we are all working through it still. But we do it.
So, if there’s one thing (know there are many) I can thank my parents for…it’s instilling in us ladies to pick ourselves up and keep moving. Not necessarily by dealing with death…but by any adversity. I don’t recall any wise words or lessons taught with regard to this, but clearly there’s something there in each of us that made us this way. Don’t sit there and dwell on what’s not right…what happened to you…or why your life sucks. Feel it, deal with it and then figure out how to take the next step.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there’s no looking back or that the pain shouldn’t be felt or visited. My feeling is that it is a natural and healthy progression of grief to continue to feel it. Let it be there, but eventually keep it tucked in your pocket so you can move through your days with laughter, smiles and happy tears…and take it back out when it’s time. Yes, here and there it jumps right out at you with no warning sending you into a grief attack (that’s what I call them), however, I think if you eventually get to that 90%/10% or so ratio…you are doing better than okay in my book.
I am very blessed to have a great man in my life who is understanding when that optimum balance I strive for gets knocked off kilter. Or that he is just seeing my 10% up close and personal. A few weeks ago, I was getting in my own head about our relationship…Corey and I are closing in on being together for a year now. I was doing the typical analyzing thing I do. I started thinking of how differently we now view each other, and in which ways we still see each other the same. It’s interesting to me as we worked together for six years prior to our fateful trivia meet up as co-worker friends…leave as something much more night.
“What about me is the most surprising thing to you after getting to know me more, moving in together and becoming part of my family?” I asked…well, I texted it…that’s how we roll.
My thoughts ran wild before I received his response. I figured it would be something like that I struggle with organization…or that I sleep with my socks on…or that I always have candles lit/music on…or that I suck as a housekeeper (I knew he would never ever say that to me…but I figured it may cross his mind!!).
Nope. That wasn’t his answer.
“That you still hold on to so much pain”.
I was mind blown. In hindsight, it makes perfect sense. But when I read that…I was really shocked. The grief and pain are such a normal feeling for me, I rarely realize they are even there. I was sad for the answer (albeit slightly relieved my housekeeping skills didn’t take the cake!), but the more I have thought about it…the more I get it. He is on the inside now. He doesn’t just see me at the grocery store, or serving a dinner or a beverage at work…or spying my dance-jam in the new Corolla at the red light. He see’s me waking up on the “angelversaries”. The birthdays. The random days in-between. He sees me after I filled the paperwork out for school and sports when on the “father” line is deceased. He now lives with the pain by proxy. My 10%.
So folks, here’s a few things.
I wanna say thank you to my parents for whatever, however, you instilled it in us girls to keep trucking on and finding our joy. Sisters…keep rocking on with your bad selves through all the adversity and what’s handed to you, you’ve got this. To all of you reading this in your journey of pain and grief…getting it in your pocket will be attainable, please trust me on this.
And finally to my guy, Corey. Thank you for being you…and letting me be me. Disorganized me, socks on at night me, lighting candles and singing off-key me, messy me. And in pain me…sometimes. Happy me…most times.