the answer is in the healing
When I started therapy 6 years ago, I thought I would find the answers to all the questions I held onto since i was a child; that I would have this fulfillment of healing just by having the answers.
I thought therapy was about finding the answers to the questions that laid deep inside of me since I was a child and that was”why?”.
I never thought that a part of the healing process was found in accepting what happened and not having the answers to fix it. The fixing is in the healing, not in the answer. That was a tough lesson to learn, and a painful one.
I have realized more so over this past year that sometimes there are no answers to why something is the way it is.
There is no answer to my past
there is no answer to why I had the life I had.
There is no answer as to why my mom is still sick in bed after 22 years.
There is no answer as to why someone stepped into my life last year, watched me for a year and triggered me so deep into my past that it felt almost impossible to move out of that.
There is no answer as to why things happen the way that they do, and as soon as I let that go, something amazing happened, I had room to accept the things that I do know the answers to – like Love, Faith, Connection, Support, Healing, Comfort – The things I can accept, the things that DO hold the answers.
My therapist made me realize something in this past year, and he reminded me again just a couple of days ago and that is “you cannot make sense of something senseless“. Sometimes there will be no answer to why, all you can do is accept and move through it in a way to where healing takes place.
You can’t change something that wont change, but you can be the change.
I can make the choice to take what I don’t understand and turn that into something I can understand, and for me that is healing, leaning in towards support, talking about what surfaced in this past year for me and healing what it is I do understand like, my emotions, my feelings, my needs and my wants.
I think also there is a grieving process to accepting what is. You grieve what you wished for, or for what you needed that you couldn’t find.
I went through a whole 2 year process of grieving my mom, but yet she is still very much alive. I was grieving knowing that she will never be the mom I need her to be. She is sick and in bed, and has been bed ridden for 18 something years – I don’t know, I lost count.
I grieved last year over this whole “situation” that I could change the outcome of what was happening, but instead I learned to lean on support, lean on my therapist who truly believed in me and knew what was going on was wrong. I had to accept that support seeing and knowing what was going on and supporting me in that was enough – there was no answer as to why, and I couldn’t change something that wouldn’t change – I could only have support in that like giving me a safer place to heal, and allowing me to lean on him when I needed to talk about it.
I grieved the child inside of me; that 9-year-old, because by going to therapy I felt my job was to find the answers to why, and I grieved never having those questions answered, the answer was in the healing!
So I believe that when we finally let go of something, there is a grieving process in that, because we want so much to have the answers to why. But what I learned is, by accepting what is, there is healing on the other side of that.
It’s not easy, I want to know why, I like being in the understanding and the knowing of something, and when I can’t figure it out, it’s so hard for me to cope sometimes – I guess that is why they call it healing, because it’s painful.
Last night I was watching the coverage on the Boston shooting (by the way I am from Boston, so this story really hit home), but one of the questions they keep asking is “WHY”. There is no justifiable reason to why, none! it’s about bringing the community of people together to heal is where the healing is found, not in the answer to why.
Watching that last night it hit me even more.. I don’t have the answers as to why and accepting that gives me more room for goodness.
I am finally back on my healing path since this hard year happened last year and my therapist has done everything in his power to support me through that by believing in me, and helping me to heal in the knowing and not looking for something that was unknown.
I have the most amazing support system, and that I DO KNOW. I know I have a husband who loves me unconditionally. I know I have children who are amazing and so supportive. I know I have my faith and God who stands by my side even when I don’t feel him in my presence.
So there are a lot of things I do know vs what I don’t. There is power in that, I just needed to let go and accept that whatever is, IS and there is healing in that, you just need to trust it.
I love my mom, but I also know she will never be the mom I need her to be. I hate what happened to me in the past, but all I can do is heal and talk about it, and know I wont have an answer. I can’t get back a year I lost by dealing with something that came into my life and steered me into a direction I was not expecting, but I can lean on support and the people who believe in me and support me – that I do know.
I can write about it just like I am now, and connect with people who support me and make room for the things I do know and that is “I am not alone” and neither are you.