A simple quote from one of the wisest fictional characters ever to grace the pages of literature in the last 20 years could not be more poignant for Northwest this week.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” Albus Dumbledore said.
The last couple of weeks have been rather dark for Northwest students, and it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes.
We have been told only time can heal the pain from our losses but sometimes with new experiences come new wounds in our everyday lives.
With the recent trial of Alex A. Catterson and the passing of Lonnae Young, it seems like the light is so far away from us right now and that it may never be seen again. It has been such a tough couple of weeks, not only for myself but also for my friends and colleagues.
I am not alone in this darkness, and it is something I struggled with for the last couple of weeks. It is hard to continue to be my normal, happy self when I have all of this darkness inside of me, and it is all from things that are beyond my control.
It has become one of those things that I may appear to be alright on the outside, and may even seem to be happy as well, but when I am alone, it is a completely different story. I typically stay in bed and not want to face the world around me.
While things may get better, there is something that I can recommend to help start the process today, and that is by getting out of bed.
I tend to pour myself into my work when I want to escape but the best thing for me is to be out and around my friends doing something we enjoy as a group. It is not about what we are doing, it is the memories we are making that are important.
While it may seem like life has decided to constantly throw barrels at us, eventually, we will be able to jump over those barrels. I am not saying that this is going to be easy; it will take time and be filled with a number of nights spent crying and reminiscing about those we have lost and what that means for the future.
It will be a long journey for us as we move forward and try to make things feel like they are normal again. I know it may seem like a lot right now, but you will make it through this by relying on your support system.
The best thing that I can recommend is spending time with those that we love; it may seem like a challenge, but those memories will be worth it.