Starting off the new year, the epilogue of Jenny Lawson's book FURIOUSLY HAPPY can't be any more true to me:
"Deep in the Trenches
(bits and pieces of the whole epilogue)
To all who walk the dark path, and to those who walk in the sunshine but hold out a hand in the darkness to travel beside us:
Brighter days are coming.
Clearer sight will arrive.
And you will arrive too.
... The bright moments might be for a few days at a time, but hold on for those days. Those days are worth the dark.
In the dark you find yourself, all bones and exhaustion and helplessness. In the dark you find your basest self... You will see things that no normal person will ever see... fearsome monsters, you know they aren't real but when you're in that black watery hole with them they are the realest thing there is. And they want us dead.
And sometimes they succeed.
But not always. And not with you. You are alive. You have fought and battled them, You are scarred and worn and sometimes exhausted and were perhaps even close to giving up, but you did not.
You have won many battles... you learn how to fight.
And in the deepest, night-blind fathoms you're certain that you're alone. You aren't. I'm there with you. And I'm not alone... Painfully stretching their souls so that they can learn to breathe underwater... so that they can do what the monsters say is impossible. So that they can live... So that they can dry themselves in the warm light that shines so brightly and easily for those above the surface. So that they can walk with others in the sunlight but with different eyes.
Ground zero is where the normal people live their lives, but not us... Life when the sun shines should be lived full throttle, soaring. The invisible tether that binds the normal people on their steady course doesn't hold us in the same way. Sometimes we walk in sunlight with everyone else. Sometimes we live underwater and fight and grow.
And sometimes... sometimes we fly."
It rarely feels like it, and I probably need to acknowledge it more often, but I am flying exuberantly. For that I am infinitely grateful. I shall keep on living, loving, caring, and believing in the possibilities. 2016 biiitches!
Love and Hugs,