“There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.”
― Johnny Cash
Poet, violinist, vodka sommelier, survivor, queen to Whitechapels’ king.
This year has tested us all, and shown us where the edge is. We have learned what exists at the point of no return, and how to come back anyway.
We have learned to go on in the darkness of despair, in the light of a day that others will not see again.
We have learned to take those people with us in small ways.
A familiar scent, an old locket, photos stuffed into keepsake boxes with locks of hair and memories that will cause us to smile again one day.
We have seen the darker and less considerate side of people, but also acts of great compassion, generosity and love, anger and frustration balanced by the ties that bind us as a human family.
Many have fallen, but so many more of us have risen. So many of us have discovered who our real friends are, and built our own families from the ruins of what came before.
Now is the time to draw on the greatest ability of humanity: to endure. Know that you are never alone, and that the dawn will arrive.