Thoughts On Losing Someone You Love

Thoughts On Losing Someone You Love

Living through loss can often be the most difficult part.


Grief is something that each one of us will have to experience in our lifetime. Whether it is the loss of a family member, a good friend, or even a pet, the loss of someone we love is a pain that is beyond description. One thing that should be known is everyone experiences grief differently, and the same person can even feel different types of grief. Just because I feel one way about grief, this doesn't mean that everyone else will feel the same way. However, even though we all experience different types of grief, this doesn't mean that we cannot come together to deal with this pain.

The first thing that tends to come from loss is shock. In movies, people always begin crying when they found out a loved one has passed away, but in my experience this is not how it tends to happen. The first feeling is a feeling of confusion- how could someone you have known for so long suddenly be gone? Death, while it is something simple to understand out of context, is extremely tough to wrap our heads around when we are dealing with it personally.

After shock there is a feeling of emptiness. After the acceptance that the person will no longer be in your life sets in, you begin to feel like there is something missing from your life. There might be the urge to call or speak to that person one more time, until you realize that this is no longer possible. I often look through old pictures, watch old videos, and listen to old voicemails from the person who is gone to try to bring back the good memories that I have with them.

During this period of emptiness, it is easy to try to push people away. I always tell myself that it will be easier to not pull others into this, that they simply won't understand what I am going through. However, it is important to know that you are not alone. Despite the hole you feel in your life, there are so many people willing to love and support you through this tough time.

The feeling of sadness often comes third, after realizing that you will never feel the joy of their presence in your life anymore. You wish that you could just have one more phone call, one more piece of advice, one more moment of laughter. Usually this sadness comes after the funeral, once you have some closure that this chapter of your life truly is over. I tend not to cry until after the funeral when someone passes away. I don't know whether it is the fact that I associate funerals with closure, or simply the fact that it takes a few days for me to process everything, but I am usually too in shock to shed a tear until after everything is over.

At first the sadness is intense. Pictures, videos, even songs can trigger unspeakable pain knowing that the person is no longer in your life. Day to day life is more difficult to deal with because you always have your loved one in the back of your mind. Easy tasks such as getting your work done or exercising become increasingly difficult to accomplish. That sadness never really goes away, but, over time it tends to fade. Despite the despair felt in the beginning, you realize that your loved one would have wanted you to be happy and move on from their loss. There will still be things around you that are a constant reminder of their passing, but you begin to learn to turn your despair into something more bittersweet. Your life will be different without them in it, but your love for that person will never fade away. And even though pangs of grief will still encapsulate you from time to time, you are able to associate that person with all of your favorite things about them rather than the fact that they are no longer with you.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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