Monday, August 28, 2017

you are not alone

My heart has absolutely been breaking for all those impacted by hurricane Harvey. There aren't accurate words to describe that level of destruction. A hurricane is so much more than just the loss of stuff. Stuff can be replaced. A hurricane takes your sense of security, happiness, normalcy, and self. These things can't just be bought at Target or Home Depot.

When I was 14 hurricane Katrina took all that away from me. 14 is already a difficult enough stage of life to be in, imagine doing it in those conditions. It's no exaggeration to say that was the lowest point of my life. The only way you'll ever understand that level of sadness is if you've gone through something similar so I won't even try to explain it. I will say it took 4 years for me to feel whole again. I'm still not totally over it; truth be told I don't think there is a way to ever be totally over destruction like that. I am a survivor, but it took a long time for me to feel that way.

To every person feeling the destruction of Harvey I want to say you are not alone. It's okay to cry and throw the biggest pity party of your life. It's okay to not feel okay. It's okay to feel utterly hopeless and helpless. Know it does get better. You will be more than okay, one day you'll be happy again. You are a survivor and one day you'll feel like one.

So this year instead of shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Sale I'm going to donate that money to those in need. I don't need a brightly printed shift dress, but those people need help and hope.

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