reliving some happy memories from last year. 👩👧👦
i recently read an article titled, "that discomfort you're feeling is grief" and the title alone resonated strongly with me.
we are grieving.
as a society, we are grieving.
as a world we are grieving.
together. as a whole.
there's something called anticipatory grief. anticipatory grief, the article says, is "that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new."
we're currently living in a very uncertain place, and I think it's important to acknowledge what we're all feeling and familiarize ourselves with the stages of grief:
also know that we don't always move through these stages in a linear fashion. i'm currently bouncing back and forth between sadness and acceptance. how about you? there is power in naming your grief and allowing yourself to feel what you're feeling.
if you would like the link to the whole article, let me know :)