Mountains do not rise without earthquakes. I find this statement powerful. It stopped me mid-scroll on Instagram, I had to re-read this quote over and over. These words really speak to me. Think about it, they do not rise without some potential catastrophic event happening to make them rise.
Grief is like earthquakes and strength is like mountains. I sure know a lot about mountains, rising from the depth of the crumbling earth below. It also speaks to me because, I really truly care about finding out what dark people have conquered. I'm not the kind of person who enjoys small talk, in fact, I despise it. It makes me anxious and I rather have my teeth pulled than have to participate in small talk. However, I do it because society makes me, but I do not enjoy it. I much rather sit down with someone for a few hours and hear about who they are, how they got to where they are and what they overcome. I want to hear about the dark times and the light times. I want to hear about their strengths and weaknesses. I want to know what makes their heart happy, what makes them jump for joy, what brings them to their knees.
I myself have conquered dark, on more than one occasion. In fact, I am in the midst of another dark storm, the earth is shaking and mountains are rising. I wholeheartedly contribute my current ability to raise mountains to my past dark. When Ty died, I made mountains rise, I fought through the pain, through the darkness and made some small peaks. When Jacob died, I did the same except my peaks grew. They grew so big and my mountains are so high that these current earthquakes, I can handle them. Maybe not perfectly at the moment, but mind, body and soul can only take so much. The thing I notice the most is exhaustion. The level of exhaustion is painstaking. It doesn't stop me, nothing ever has. Nothing ever will. I have a fierce motivation to keep going, move on, become a better version, learn, inspire, live, More importantly, giving Bee the life she deserves.
I don't know what dark I have to go through, that's the thing with life. That's what makes it unpredictable and challenging. But at the same time, it gives you the opportunity to grow. It's not always easy, don't get me wrong, but it makes life more enriching. The thing about mountains is, they aren't made in a day. It takes weeks, months, years to form. The same applies to life. The same applies to a person. You cant expect to make mountains without putting in some time. Grueling, exhausting, emotional time. Conquering the dark, finding the strength in the weak times, it makes a person. I know it's made me. It continues to make me.
The darkness I have conquered was burying my first two children, Ty and Jacob. 11 months between their deaths. It is the difficult divorce I am going through. Trauma times 3. Many dark time but many mountains. What darkness have you conquered or are you conquering?
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