Though We Grieve, Leave Time to be Merry

My baby brother just got his wisdom teeth, so forgive his terrible smile, his face hurt too much. Not pictured is my older brother who is off in China with his girlfriend. I don’t feel like writing too terribly much today.  I put this off and now I’ve lost the energy to write something long and sassy.  I just want to say that no matter what holiday you celebrate, I hope the day is merry, relaxing, and filled with love.

Today has been a difficult day, and I know many others feel the same.  I learned that my Naila Auntie had passed away first thing this morning.  Unfortunately she is in Pakistan, along with the majority of my family, so we will be unable to go to the funeral services.  She was a beautiful soul who struggled for a long time, and her death impacts so many of us.  Thank you for being a part of my life, and I’ll miss you immensely.  I’m sorry I won’t be able to see you again like I had hoped, but every time I wear one of the items of clothing you sent me, I know you’re with me.  May your self rest peacefully in Jannah.

It has barely set in, and every time I type my eyes start welling up.  It was just yesterday that I read an article about dealing with grief during the holidays, I just didn’t know it would be relevant to me. To others who have lost loved ones, I’m sorry for all your losses.  If you have lost someone remember you don’t have to act cheerful, it’s okay to cry and be upset.  But make sure to leave some time to be happy and thankful for the time you had with them and that you were lucky enough to be a part of their lives at all.  You don’t have to do anything other than keep yourself healthy.

On a day of family and love, may you remember those who can’t be here, and celebrate those who are, and those who will be here soon.  It will never be easy to deal with loss, but we must persevere.  So from my family to yours, hug your parents, grandparents, siblings, children, cousins, friends, significant others, and pets and let them know you love them and appreciate them.

In a time where hate has begun to reign, don’t let it blind you.  Remember that there are good people left in the world, and each one of us can change the world through kindness and love.  Happy Holidays, I hope you had a lovely day.


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