December 20, 2012 by
Categories: Coping, Personal

When we think of an anniversary we often think of our first date, engagement, marriage, promotion…significant life events that we are encouraged to celebrate and that are celebrated by many.

But what about the anniversaries that can best be described as bittersweet? The marking of a day that forever changed your life in a way that you could not possibly imagine.

The bittersweet anniversaries are those that mark death, divorce, relapse, a misstep…significant events that we do not necessarily wish or think to celebrate.

Today is a bittersweet anniversary for me. The death of someone who I once held (and still hold) so dear and close to my heart. It is a hard day. I debated on whether or not to share something so personal on Collective Inquiry today. It is not an easy thing for me to do. It is bittersweet.

It is an acknowledgement of pain. A pain that many of you know. It is also a celebration. A celebration of the person who was lost forever and who forever changed my life.

I share this with you because I do not think that we should go it alone on these bittersweet anniversaries. I am going to have my alone time today to reflect, grieve, and smile. But I am also going to reach out to those who support meRose and admit that today is hard. That I miss this person so dearly. That I wish that she were still here.

I know that no person in my life expects me to be strong today to the point of pretending like everything is okay. There are no expectations. There is an understanding…an understanding that I, like them and like you, have bittersweet anniversaries.

Today’s post is a celebration of the person who I lost. The person who made me who I am today. The inspiration behind my decision to become a therapist…to be there for others on days like these.


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