Grief = Gladness… 

The loss of someone is hard… It’s never easy to look around and realize my dad’s presence is missing from family holidays and traditions…

But then there’s something about moving forward out of all of the grief… There’s something to be said about the good that comes when you’ve allowed yourself to grieve and be sad… And then choose to be happy with the family that does surround you…

Because days like yesterday could’ve had a negative energy surrounding them… One that creates sadness and depression… But then what’s the point of being down?…

I don’t believe there is a point of being down… Especially when there is so much life and goodness surrounding me…

And yes it’s hurtful… Yes the knowledge of death is still present in my family…

But as I live through the years without my father… Well I’m learning that death is a gift… A powerful, powerful gift… That teaches those that are very willing to learn…

It teaches that we are so mortal… Made for this world for a short moment… And that we should cherish that mortality and take it for all its worth… Because one day I will be old… Old and with age… And my time in this life will be up…

But if I’m living everyday to the fullest… If I’m striving to be better… To see more… To do more… To become full when I lay my head on my pillow every night… Well then I believe that the grief from the death of others shouldn’t be something that makes me sad… But something that makes me glad…

For… To me… There is so much to live and die for when we just live… Live positively and fully…

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