Editor’s Note: JULY

June has been an incredibly turbulent month, full of highs and lows. I have so much to say, and yet somehow, every time I try to speak, the words don’t come out quite right.

July is approaching – and I am caught in a hurricane, spinning between not saying anything, and saying far too much – so this month, I’ll try to use this space as a way to reflect and send out some appreciation.

I recently finished reading ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak.

What a wonderful, terrible story of all that is wrong (and right) in the world. One of the passages that stuck with me from the book was this:

A DEFINITION NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY:

Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.

Not leaving.

Something so simple, yet so profoundly valuable and comforting.

It’s those that sit with us in the darkest of times; and strike a match and remind us they will always be there for us, without saying a word, that we ought to love a little harder and hold a little tighter.

Those people that sit in silence next to us, keeping us company while we cut the world off, are the ones that truly love us.

They let us know, perhaps not in words, that everything is going to be okay, and that they’re not going anywhere.

They hold our hands on a journey they never even asked for.

They are there without fail, with no reason and no motive, only wishing for our happiness.

We have times in our lives when the world is so dark and cold; it feels like we could be swallowed up by the Earth and no one would even notice.

There are times when our anger burns red-hot, and we feel like we will burst into flames.

And there are also times when we are so happy, our smiles reach our eyes and radiate something wonderful into this world.

And for all those things and more, they are there.

They don’t leave.

They are the ones who love us, despite it all. The best and the worst of us.

This month, as the weather changes, and the tides turn, don’t forget your person.

And if you can, be that person for them too.

I hope you all have an amazing July, lifting each other up and not leaving each other behind. X

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