(*I’m going to try and keep this as generic as possible without sharing personal family details…)
Ever feel like you have been stressed to the breaking point? Ever feel so overwhelmed that you think that the slightest little thing will send you over the deep end? Ever feel that you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? It’s these moments that life likes to slap you in the face and give you a reality check.
When you go through stressful times, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. With this move I’ve concentrated on packing, synchronizing bank accounts, paying off as many debts as possible, saying goodbyes… basically all the things that anyone moving a long distance has had to do. Then, Life happens.
It has not been a good time for the immediate family. Two incidents of bad health news within weeks of each other have put everything into perspective. Suddenly you realize that, even when you feel at your most desperate, there are others out there that need your support more than you need theirs. You feel ashamed for obsessing over your problems… problems that, all of a sudden, don’t seem that big. The first thing you want to do is offer support… but without bugging the hell out of anyone. You want to be there for them – laugh with them, cry with them, be a shoulder they can lean on, and let them know they they don’t have to go through this alone. It’s just sort of an instinctual thing you do with people you love.
For what it’s worth, the situation has been a kind of catharsis. My worrying about bills, packing and car trouble seems petty. There are people out there with real problems, and I am going to be there for them.
Love you guys.
Get well soon.