When the time comes, will you be ready? When the opportunity to share your story arises, will you speak? Each moment, each day is preparation. Sometimes, we don’t even know the reason we are preparing. We train for the race we signed up for. We study for the test that is next week. But sometimes, the exams come when we least expect it. Life can give us moments that we aren’t ready for, but how will we choose to show up?
When my uncle passed away in August 2018, I wasn’t ready. When my Grandma passed away in June 2019, I wasn’t ready. And when my Dad passed away in December 2019, I wasn’t ready. But I wonder, was I more prepared? Being more familiar with the funeral home, being involved in collecting photos for the picture boards, seeing my cousin lose her Dad. Did these things make me more prepared? Unfortunately, yes.
I’d seen and felt the grief. I was still going through the process when another tidal wave hit. I knew more. I knew that it’s okay to cry for no reason. I knew that I had to be gentle and patient with myself. I knew that my loved ones who were above would want me to grieve, and then get back to being me, even if I didn’t feel like it. I knew that I needed to go to work as a distraction and see my friends and coworkers. I knew that I needed to do something different. And I knew when friends and acquaintances lost a loved one, I’d be prepared to talk or send them cute inspirational messages. I could be there when others weren’t sure what to say.
It’s interesting, we go through life, and have no idea when our conversations with others or our previous experiences can come to our mind to help us or someone else. I think the best thing we can do is keep going, and show up with an open mind and open heart. Knowing, that it’s all unknown. Knowing, that we are doing our best, in our current moment. Knowing, that life gives us tests, and that even the bad experiences have a purpose in our journey. How you show up for yourself matters. You deserve the best, so be kind to yourself. Be present. Take time to call your loved ones. Set boundaries that are healthy for yourself and others. And know, there is a purpose for your life, even if you aren’t sure what it is quite yet. You have the voice to speak your truth. You have the light to share. So when the time comes, will you be ready?