Oh, Petals. You’re entitled to feel all of it, and you’re invited not to run. I’m not saying it’s easy, and I’m definitely not saying it’s fun. But this has been, at the risk of massive understatement, an insanely challenging year. And I suspect coming out of it is going to hold its own challenges, peppered with grief and a swirl of emotion we may not understand, let alone be prepared for.
But that’s okay. We have to feel it because we have to learn. We have to dial down and discover what we will now embrace and what we can, at long last, leave behind. We need grace and patience with each other and, like it or not, with ourselves.