There’s something about the amount of time that has gone by that makes her feel like a survivor. There’s something in the way that following her heart, despite it being perpetually broken, has made her feel like a success. And something about letting go of pain and letting love in has made her feel happy again.

You’ve got to trust yourself. Be gentle with yourself. And listen to yourself.

You’re the only person who can get you through this now.

You’re the only one who can survive your story, the only one who can write your future.

All you’ve got to do, when you’re ready, is stand up,
(and begin again.)

But in all of the sadness, when you’re feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking,

You’ve got to remember that grief isn’t the absence of love.

Grief is the proof that love is still there.

Heaven left a hole in your heart.

But it’s up to you to choose if that hole will be filled with pain, anger, and the eternal darkness of loss . . .
Or if you will choose to fill it with light and love and have that hole shine out of you like a spotlight into your life, keeping their memory alive . . .

(It’s up to you.)