I refuse to succumb to the darkness.
For me, grief has thrown me so many emotions and thoughts I didn’t know I had. There’s so much anger, sadness, and guilt that is so embedded after Jensen was born, that I never felt before. Which, honestly, makes sense. Life after loss is completely different from what it was in the before. Emotions are much more intense and this longing for Jensen… it knocks me off my feet some days.
There are many days where the cycle of those emotions don’t stop turning. During those times, it feels like there will never be light moments for me again. My body and will become weak, sometimes feeling like they are going to break.
The thought of picking up those pieces, again, seems ridiculous. I did it in the weeks and months following Jensen birth. It was a painstaking process that I had to do for myself. But if I would ever, once again, get to that broken place… What is the point of doing this again? Why not just let myself slip into a slumber that I’ll never awaken from? Be with Jensen for eternity. Succumb to the pain and anger to just be free.
That darkness stays with you. It tempts you and makes you question all of what you believed before. You could easily surrender yourself to it.
But, I refuse to succumb to the darkness.
When those moments flood me, I remember love’s light.
I think of Jensen and the happiness and life he would wish for me.
I think of my family, who would do anything to make me smile and feel like I have a place.
I think of my friends, who are old and new, that support me and choose to be here.
I think of Leo and Poe and the joy they bring me every day.
I think of an impacted future where I can continue sharing Jensen’s name.
I think of succeeding and knowing that since I lived through the worst imaginable loss in my life, I can conquer everything else.
To succumb to this grief and pain would never solve any problems. It would only cause more loss. I can’t let anyone else ever feel this way. That’s why I refuse to succumb to the darkness and choose to follow love’s light.