|Loaded Up (Weightlifting Shows Not Pictured)|
This is what I look like every Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning at 6:15am. I start my day weightlifting, so I have to bring my work clothes to the gym, plus my lunch for the day. There's also my weightlifting shoes, which are added to this pile. I start these mornings weighed down, only to go lift even more weight over my head. I carry all this baggage, because it's the only way my new life will work. I carry my baggage out in the open, where anyone can see it. I do not hide.
I am tired all the time. Lots of things that were so easy to do, no longer get done at all. I don't like this life, but it is all I have. I get up every morning and try again. I try to be happier, to lift more, to be strong and powerful. Mostly I feel like a failure who is barely surviving, dragging my baggage wherever I go.
I am very aware that this project can bring up a lot around yours or other's grief and loss, I will always follow every post with some online grief support resources that have helped me. Please feel free to let me know of online support that you have found healing in your grief, as well:
Art with Grief:
- Filmmaker Gemma Green Hope made a short animation in memory of her grandmother
- Photographer Sarah Treanor Takes Moving Self-Portraits to Cope with Her Fiance's Death
- When the Fall Comes, a film about Grief by Adriana Marchione
- Self-Portraits: Expressing Emotion Through Art on What's Your Grief?
- The Hard Romance of Grief by Mark Liebenow
- The poetry of John O’Donohue
- The Grief Geek
- Modern Loss's excellent resource list
- The writings of Tim Lawrence
- The Rules of Grief are for Other People by Shawn Doyle on The Good Men Project
- Grief Bibliography on Grief Healing
- Teresa “TL” Bruce's What to Say When Someone Dies
- They Brought Cookies: For A New Widow, Empathy Eases Death's Pain by Ann Finkbeiner on NPR
- A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
- Megan Devine’s Refuge in Grief
- The Geography of Sorrow: Francis Weller on Navigating Our Losses, interviewed by Tim McKee in Sun Magazine
- How to Be a Friend in Deed by Bruce Feiler in the New York Times
- 12 Things to Know About the First Year of Grieving Someone You Can’t Live Without by Laurie Costanza in Elephant Magazine
Thank you, and see you tomorrow.