Joining in with Five Minute Friday (on a Saturday – was just too tired last night to write!). This weeks word: Dear
[A letter from my future self to my present self]
6th December 2019
You’ve come a long way since those dark days of 2013/2014. You didn’t think you’d come through but you did, you managed. You managed to keep yourself together and keep your home together. And, most importantly, you managed to keep everything as stable as possible for XXX and XXX, so that their childhood wasn’t affected as much as it could have been. You should be proud of yourself for that. Very proud.
You’re a strong woman, with so many gifts. I’m so glad to see that you took all of that strength, and all of those gifts, and brought beauty forth, out of the darkness. You managed to reestablish your businesses, you managed, against all odds, to set up a new business and it’s prospering now. You have a new – untouchable – legacy to leave to XXX and XXX and you have set them up well for their future. That’s an achievement to take pride in.
You made a list, five years ago, of all the things you’d like to do after 40, and you’re working your way through it. The world didn’t get smaller for you. You made it get bigger. That list – and the thought of living those experiences – kept you going during some of your darkest days and now you’re enjoying the fruits of your hope and your belief that you would do these things. Hope – belief – are powerful forces and you should continue to use them in your life. Because you know you want to do so much more with your life. As you’ve shown, when tragedy strikes, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a new beginning. And, as you know, new beginnings lead to marvellous new adventures and marvellous new paths, to places you never imagined.
You learnt many lessons from your dark days, because you listened to what life was trying to teach you. You learnt, for example, that life offers its most wonderful treasures to those who are brave enough to seek them. By learning these lessons, you not only enhanced your own life but led XXX and XXX to a new perspective on the troubles you all faced. You taught them, by example – through them seeing you be strong, seeing you have faith and hope and belief – that they have to go out and seize life and live it and enjoy every damn moment of it. Because life’s too short not to enjoy every beautiful moment of it. That’s one of the most important gifts you’ve ever given them.
You did good, girl. You fought, you protected, you nurtured. You’ve two fine, outstanding, children now, in XXX and XXX. They still have open hearts, a generous spirit, kindness for one and all. They’re growing in to fine human beings. You’ll be so proud of them. Just as they are of you.
Keep doing good.