I’ve been pretty quiet around here. While I’ve missed it, I am not sorry. I needed the time and space to be there for my family and take care of my own mental health…two things you should never apologize for but sometimes society makes us feel guilty for taking that space.
The past few months have been a whirlwind for my family. Out of respect, I’ll keep some details for us. Sadly, we had to lay my step-dad to rest. I cannot even really call him a step-dad. He really was another dad to me, as I grew up living with him and my mom. Looking back on all he has done for me and how much he truly loved my sister and I like his own, I feel extremely blessed to have had him in my life. His passing came in way too quickly (you’re never really ready for this kind of thing).
Needless to say, it has been heartbreaking to walk through this. However, with the heartbreak I will say there have been small silver linings:
- My siblings and I are forever bonded by this experience. We’ve been through hell and back together. Closer than ever before.
- As a family, we got to tell him how much we love him. We had a chance to say those things you always wish you could say to someone before it’s too late. We had a lot of special moments near the end that I will cherish forever.
- Going through this has opened my eyes and made me re-appreciate all the small things. Do not take a single second for granted.