I was happily married and thought I was with the man I would grow old with.
But life had other plans.
Life doesn’t care.
Life can be cruel.
Life doesn’t care who you are, where you have been or where you are going.
Life can rip your heart out.
Life can chew you up and spit you out.
Life can destroy the very foundation of everything you had and leave you to pick up the debris.
One of my worst nightmares came true.
Life made me a young widow.
What I would give to get my old life back.
My old life was innocent and selfish. Innocent because I had the luxury of worrying about things that didn’t matter. I didn’t know what true trauma was. Selfish because I didn’t know how good I had it, nor did I take the time to appreciate what I had.
Bryon’s illness and death has changed me. The whole experience has been hell, but I would do it all over again, even if it meant the same result.
I am grateful for the time I did have with Bryon. I got to experience true love.
To have someone look at you like you are the only one in the room.
Where you can communicate with each other through your eyes from across a room.
To be so in sync with someone that you can finish their sentences.
Someone who would always hug you or hold your hand.
Someone who always rushes home after whatever work thing he/she had just to see you.
The list goes on. Bryon wasn’t just my husband. He was the love of my life and my best friend. My partner in crime and my other half. I always called him my “one and only” and my soul mate. It makes my heart hurt to think that he probably won’t be my “one and only.”
But I know I am lucky. Some people go through their whole lives without ever experiencing love. But I did, because of Bryon.
I am grateful for all that Bryon gave me. The love, the memories, the vacations, the laughter, the conversations. For the fact that he worked so hard to provide for me and our daughter. For the beautiful wedding and an amazing daughter. For his faith in me.
He opened up a whole world for me. I learned so much from him.
I am thankful that because of him, I feel whole as a person even by myself. And because of him, I know that when the time comes for me to write the second chapter of my life’s great love story, I will not settle.
I was lucky to be your leading lady, Bryon McKim.