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Saturday, September 17, 2011
On Dealing with Life's Losses
It's obvious they're your BFFs until that dark day when you come to see that what they're really doing is they're weighing you down, holding you back, slowing your journey, smothering you. You realize with a wrench in your gut that you must let them go. You'll have to cut them out of your life with the pragmatic efficiency of a slaughterhouse butcher, chopping, slicing, and tossing the superfluous away until what remains is the essence of the entree.
There are tears to be shed, so you shed them. There is mourning to be done, so you mourn; but you have mourned before and will again. You take the steps you've taken in times past, avoiding those places where you're likely to run into them, refusing to discuss your grieving process with those people who only wish to gloat and gorge on gossip. You do your best to maintain a sense of decorum and struggle to abstain from laying blame. What good is that?
You go your lonely way, lessening your load, discarding this, abjuring that, until the day a new you can emerge into the light.
Fourteen pounds and counting, y'all!