Fifteen years ago I lost my dad. It was sudden and as a teen who had just started college, I had to grow up very very quickly. I had to be strong for my mom while she navigated the sudden loss of her spouse, but after six months, I broke. I missed my dad so much. The bond between a father and daughter is something special and my dad was my protector. Yes, I had a boyfriend at the time who I was infatuated with, but no one compares to a dad.
Fast forward to today, and I miss my dad more than ever. This year has been particularly hard and I have spent many a nights crying and wishing my dad were here to help me through the separation and—soon, hopefully—divorce. My mom has surely stepped up, as has my village of close friends and my moms groups, but there’s still that bit that is missing. The one man I can always count on isn’t here anymore and it truly sucks.
The light at the end of the tunnel is still a bit aways away, however, I can see it and it’s there. I have good days and bad days, but as long as my kids are happy, then I can handle the bigger things.
I know that 2023 will be a better year, if not the best I’ve had in a long time, and I can’t wait for it to get here.
What helped you navigate life after losing someone important in yours? Let me know below.
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