Starting Over: Life After Tragedy
Waking up I remembered nothing. The slate was blank, then the sudden rush of pain overwhelmed me. Looking down I realized both arms were splinted; my knee had about ten stitches, and from my calf down to my toes was also in a cast.
What happened? Where was I? Was my family okay?
In the wake of tragedy you wonder how things will ever be the same again. How will I move forward? Can I pick myself back up? Where do I start rebuilding?
Be Sad, Cry, feel bad for yourself. DO NOT let that be where you stop. Know that you have to pick yourself back up, set your mind right. It hurts, and it will but they say it always is worse before it gets better.
Even though it seems like the furthest thing for your mind. Laugh more, laughter is good for the body and soul.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Accept the Change
Accept that even for a while there is going to be a change. You’re no longer the person you were. Things are different, and may forever be. You may be surprised how soon things start to fall into place.
Ask For Help
Ask for help, you are busy recovering and healing don’t be stubborn and try to do it all by yourself. Accept the fact that you need help, because overdoing it could be the worst thing possible. You have people that love you and want to be there for you. Let them, in the end its worth it.
Write it down, get it all out. It frees your heart. I’m finding that one of the things that is continuing to help me heal is writing. Putting the thoughts on paper keeps them from running around in my mind, stressing me out and keeping me awake.
Keep your faith
Be it God, or a higher power, or whatever you believe in keep your faith. There is a plan working, you may not know why or even understanding but something bigger is in the works for you. I shouldn’t be alive after my accident but I feel like God wasn’t ready for me yet. He has other plans in progress.
When something happens that dramatically changes your life it takes time. There is no magic cure or word that makes it hurt any less. Take time, heal, pray, believe. You will get to a better place, and when you do its worth it.
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