After losing his entire family in a deadly car accident, Dave Riley is lost, trying to find meaning to life itself. On the other side of the country, Katie Connelly discovers a new story in the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Both people are suffering from the loss of family member(s). Before Dave’s wife died, he revealed to her that his dream was to ride a motorcycle cross country to the Golden Gate Bridge. She thought it was hilarious. But as his birthday approached, she decided to buy him a motorcycle jacket…a jacket she would never be able to give to him. When Dave finds the jacket, he believes it is a sign. His marketing firm is being offered a chance to represent a motorcycle company in their next ad campaign. Dave sees this as another sign and tries to come back out of his funk to take on the account…even if that means dropping everything, getting on a bike and heading from NYC to the Golden Gate Bridge. What he finds along the way is not what he expected. But isn’t that true of any journey we embark upon? How these two lives intersect…you will never guess the outcome. [Review]
This book takes course over a 24 hour period after a teenage boy is involved in a car accident. His brain is dead, but his heart is still beating. We watch as the parents must decide to donate his organs or not. We watch as they remember their lives together, and the lives the boy touched. We face every sad emotion associated with loss and being forced to say goodbye when we are not ready to. This is a very sad story, but beautifully written, like a poet writing a novel. The first sentence went on for two pages with no period in sight. This is a writer making love to a very sad story. After you read this, it will be difficult to pick up another book, because she has hit you right to your core. She’ll break your heart.
[DISCLAIMER: What you are about to read may weird you out a little, because this is something different. The people that know me or are close to me can testify to the fact that I am different. As my Muslim friends say, I am not weird or crazy. I am special in a unique way.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I am doing a Russell Crowe movie binge. I have not revealed why. I keep promising to reveal why on the site and today is your lucky day!
As you read through this, bear in mind that in the Old Testament there are stories of people that spoke of dreams where God has spoken to them to reveal a prophecy or to deliver special messages. The Bible speaks of people speaking in tongues or seeing angels…even talking to God. If you are Muslim, Jew or Christian, you believe these stories.
To say that it does not continue to exist today and it only existed thousands of years ago, you do not know God. God never stopped talking to his people. Today, there are many people out there that are listening to God and speaking with him.
My understanding of God and the universe is a little more elevated than conventional religions. For Muslims and Christians who have heard me speak about God, they have always noticed how I reference their beliefs, but explain the way that things should be. It is more elevated in understanding, and it always rings inside their heart as being God’s truth.
As one friend explained to me, there are times I speak about God and the universe in such a way that he does not understand. Even though he does not understand it, what I say rings in his heart as being the truth. Some time will pass and he will be going about his business when something will happen to him and then he will recount the words I said to him. That is when he says to himself, “That is what she was talking about!”
He told me that I’m on a much higher plane of understanding than he is. He is just trying to get there.
This higher plane of understanding…that is what I am going to be discussing today. It is much easier for people to hear my voice when I describe these things, because oftentimes, seeing is believing. To hear someone’s voice as they tell you this story is much more powerful than just reading their story. It’s their voice that strikes the chord within your heart that what this person is saying is true. Even if you don’t understand it, you will eventually.]
The Crowe Binge is Really About the Novel
On this site, I have been talking a lot about the novel I am currently working on. The book is about a dream I had last month that was so prolific that I had to share it. I saw the dream from beginning to end. The story was just so incredible, I had to bring it to life and share the story with the world.
Who was the lead character in the dream? Russell Crowe.
Before you go thinking that I’m having some prolific and awesome dreams about Russell Crowe, note that I said ‘lead character.’ That means that he’s playing the role of the actual person and it’s not really about Russell Crowe. In other words, the dream plays out like a movie and Crowe is just an actor in the dreamlike movie playing the role of an actual person.
For some odd reason, when God is trying to explain something to me, he uses Russell Crowe in the story to explain it. For the last three years, if Crowe appears in the dream, that means it is a message to explain something going on in my life or something that will happen in my life (aka prophetic dreams).
These dreams play out from beginning to end. I see and feel what every character is thinking and feeling. I see all of the fate lines as they interact and intersect with each person in the dream, and I understand the meaning of it all in the grander scheme of things (i.e. from God’s point of view).
When God speaks, he is speaking a million things all at once. That is the way the universe operates. There is not just one single thing happening in the universe at that very moment, there are many things happening across the universe instantaneously. So when God is explaining one situation, there are many things involved beyond just the story. There is the greater message, which is God’s message, and that message is oftentimes lost in the story. It is his message that is the most important part of the story because it explains everything. It truly explains the story of your life.
A lot of times Crowe’s appearance is a mixed bag. He’s playing the role of everyone the story is about. He’s me. He’s the guy in question. He’s the good guy, the bad guy, the clueless guy and the guy that gets his heart trampled on and can’t figure out why it happened.
In this story though, he’s playing the role of the guy this story is really about (an actual person that exists). I decided to call the book “The Death Between Us.” If you’ve followed along with what’s happened to me over these last 3 years, you’ll understand why I chose that title. There are even some elements that go back to when I was at the Vatican in 2012 and what transpired after that. Death himself plays a prominent role in this book and it is not in a way you could ever imagine.
The Vatican – July 2012
Let me take you back to a day in my life – July 2012. I am in Rome, Italy and I’ve decided to go to St. Peter’s Basilica. I leave the hotel, pick up a few slices of pizza, jump on the subway and head to St. Peter’s Basilica.
I’m tired, because I know my cancer has returned, but I refuse to go to the doctors because I am not ready to go through another year of testing. It’s the testing that’s the worst part.
I get through security in Vatican City and decide to sit down at the obelisk and share my lunch with the birds. After lunch, I head into St. Peter’s Basilica, wearing a long black dress and a red Valentino scarf wrapped around my head to hide my hair as a matter of respect to the church. [I’m not even Christian.]
I start looking around, photographing the church, reading the walls. The marble floors are really weighing down on my body, sucking the energy out of me. I notice there’s a prayer room, so I pretend like I’m going to go in and pray just so I can sit down in one of the pews for a while.
This is where I confess that I can do something that most people can’t do. I can push thoughts into people’s head. When you meditate as much as I do, it awakens parts of your mind and allows you to use parts of your brain that most people do not use. There are a lot of people who meditate regularly that can do this. These are sort of ‘powers’ that come when you have a deep understanding and relationship with God. There are many nuns that I know that have this same ability.
Also, another ‘power’ I have is the ability to see with my mind’s eye things that spiritually cannot be seen with the naked eye. It’s the same kind of ‘power’ where when I’m interviewing someone and they are saying one thing, I hear something else. It is that something else that scares them, because if I print it, it could be bad. As I’ve learned from Ilya Kovalchuk, I am 100% correct in what I see in their mind and that scares them (i.e. hockey players).
At any rate, I’m not Catholic and I’m definitely not Christian, so I decided to eavesdrop on what the nuns were praying about. I pushed myself into the eldest nun’s mind and saw her praying for the souls of man that they would find their way to God. So I pushed the answer into her mind on how that should be accomplished. Another nun was visiting from another country. She was praying for funds so that her church would not close. I looked around me in this room filled with opulence and just shook my head. The Vatican has vast sources of money. They are rich beyond belief and they cannot share the wealth with their flock and churches? Come on now.
That’s when I heard the giggle. I immediately looked up and saw two angels sitting up near the top of the ceiling. They were listening to the prayers and laughing at the people below, having a grand time. That’s when they noticed me. One of them said, “I can’t believe she’s here. Of all places!” The one angel stopped the other and said, “Don’t you know she can hear you?” They left out the window, with one looking back at me as he left…like he was getting ready to run and tell on me for stepping foot in what I believe to be…well, I don’t want to make you mad so I won’t share what I truly think of places of worship.
I stayed in the prayer room a little longer listening to people’s prayers, pushing thoughts into their mind to help them find the answer to their prayers. I even bestowed blessings upon people.
When I felt like my body could handle touring the Vatican again, I got up. I walked out of the prayer room, passed the nun at the admittance area, and just felt this weight on my body, pulling me down. I leaned up against one of the columns and sat down. It was unreal how difficult of a time my body was having. It felt like life was being sucked right out of me.
A couple of tourists took it upon themselves to sit down next to me against the column. A guard came running up and told them to get up. They couldn’t sit there. He looked at me and said, “You, you are okay. You can sit there. Just rest.”
As I was sitting there, I saw an Asian priest hurriedly walking through the Basilica. I was astonished. I’d never seen an Asian priest before. So I decided to get up and follow him. I wanted to see how far I could get into the Vatican before I was stopped.
I followed him to the back of the Basilica and then stopped dead in my tracks.
Imagine standing in front of Death’s Door (this really exists at St. Peter’s Basilica) and realizing what is happening in that very moment that transcends human understanding. You are standing in Death’s throne room and he knows you are there.
When I realized what was going on, I started to bolt out of St. Peter’s. Then I turned back around, because I wasn’t sure. I took out my camera and started photographing Death’s Door. I needed proof that what I was seeing was what I was really seeing. [I’m telling you right now, not a single photograph came out. Not a single one.]
Then I saw him form next to Death’s Door. That was when I bolted for the front door.
Death himself followed me all the way to the front door, telling me a million things all at once (like God does). I looked around me as I made my way to the front door. I came to understand the fallacy of the Christian religion. He told me that they had no idea what they were doing by worshiping the dead. It gave him power and that was wrong. They had no idea how wrong they were. It was not the way things were supposed to be. It was disrespectful to God to give Death so much power by worshiping and praying to the dead.
I hadn’t noticed before while I was touring the Basilica, but there were dead popes all over the place and people were bowing down and praying to their corpses!
When I got to the front door, he told me I had to clean out my soul before it was too late. I took one step out the front door and I saw the guy that had hurt me worse than anyone had ever hurt me in my lifetime standing there on the other side of the gate. Of all the fucking places to run into him, I run into him at the Vatican in Italy.
I turned around and went back into the Basilica, thinking ‘What the Fuck?’ I had a choice. I could either run again or face my fears. I remembered when I was a kid, how I used to get up on the high dive, scared to death. I would stand at the edge and say to myself, just get it over with and jump. So I jumped.
I decided, if God put this guy here at the Vatican at the exact same time as me, it was time to talk to him. So I went back outside, ready to talk to him. He was standing there on the other side of the gates, looking right at me. A woman called from behind him and he turned his head. Then like seeing a haze lift, I saw that it wasn’t him. It wasn’t him at all.
I was so confused, I looked back towards the entrance to the Basilica and Death was standing there. He said, “Now you understand.”
What he was talking about was that I needed to forgive that guy for hurting me worse than anyone has ever hurt me and forgive myself for hurting him by walking away. Death wasn’t there to scare me. He was there to help me. He told me there are certain things you do not want to carry with you when you die. He had dug down deep into the bottom of my soul for that one.
He didn’t pick the guy that killed himself. He didn’t pick the soured relationship between me and my family. He chose him. I had to forgive him and myself for what happened. This was something I should not take with me in my soul when I die. It was a story that should never be repeated in any lifetime.
I was so exhausted from what had transpired, I sat down on the steps outside of the Basilica. Once again, the tourists took it upon themselves to take liberty and sit next to me. The guards came running over telling everyone to get up and leave…EXCEPT me. The guard told me I was fine. I could sit in the shade if I wanted to. There were 3 different guards that relayed that exact same message every single time tourists sat down next to me.
This is why I love the Catholics. They’re so nice.
I Speak in Tongues
The next day, I headed to Sorrento. I was sitting in a cafe when this old gypsy woman approached me asking for donations. I gave her 20 euros. She thanked me and then did a double take. She crossed herself a few times and immediately headed out of the cafe. She kept looking back at me a little scared.
She came back 15 minutes later with all of these charms and pictures of saints. She told me in Italian, “Death is following you.” I responded, “I know.”
She gave me the charms to help ward him off and explained what I should do to help keep Death at bay. I know college level first year Italian. My professor claimed that I was such a native speaker she thought I was lying when I said I didn’t know Italian prior to taking her class…and she was an Italian. [My Russian professor said the same thing about my Russian.] How I was able to communicate with this woman in Italian for a good 20 minutes, I have no idea. My Muslim friends tell me that every now and again I speak in Arabic to them. I don’t know Arabic except for a few choice words.
A friend of mine even witnessed me talking to a Palestinian woman in Arabic on the subway one time. When the lady left me, I blessed her and my friend and I went on our way. She said, “I had no idea you knew Arabic.” I replied, “I don’t.” She thought I was messing with her. I said, “Honestly, I don’t.”
She looked at me strange and said, “But I just witnessed you talking to her in Arabic.” I shrugged my shoulders and said, “She was telling me about her husband and how he had died in a bomb attack. They were sleeping when it hit the house and instantly killed him. She’s on her way to her in-laws in Queens.”
She told me that the conversation was not in English (like I thought it was). It was completely in Arabic.[I believe this would be the equivalent to a modern day ‘speaking in tongues.’ To me, I hear what the soul is saying. The soul speaks a universal language. It is the same language no matter what language you speak. I may think I’m speaking in English to someone, but I’m really talking to their soul, so somehow it translates into the correct language. Which means that if you are speaking in a foreign language around me, chances are high I understand everything you are saying and can respond in your language.]
So back to the Italian gypsy lady. She told me Death was following me. I knew he was because I could feel him. St. Peter’s Basilica is Death’s Throne Room. That feeling like the life was being sucked right out of me…that was my spiritual side feeling Death himself nearby.
He followed me all over Italy that next week and then continued to follow me around until October 22, 2013. During that time, I came to terms with Death. I learned he was not to be feared. He was a friend. He was an uncle that cared about what was happening to me.
I knew the cancer had returned. I could feel it back then at the Vatican, but I refused to go and see the doctor because in 2008-2009 I spent the entire year going through medical testing, looking for the cancer. The signs were there. We just had to wait and see where it would appear. I also had surgery in 2008 and there were complications post-op. The doctors were trying to figure out what happened. The cancer was awakened thanks to that surgery.
After a year of medical testing, I couldn’t do it anymore. I was just too tired to keep doing it with no results. We were playing the waiting game. We were waiting to see where the cancer would show up.
In 2013, I returned to hockey writing and I was mad as hell. In my meditation, I yelled at God for that broken heart associated with giving up on a dream. He kept telling me I needed to see a doctor. There was something wrong. It wasn’t something I could fix. Only a doctor could fix it. He told me that during every single meditation.
By June, he had to scream it in my head during a meditation, so I booked an appointment to see my doctor. I told her exactly what the meditation was saying. I said to her in the exam room, “God told me in my meditation that there is something wrong with me. It is not something I can fix. Only a doctor can fix it.” She put what I said into the computer system, probably thinking me delusional and to circle back on that later. She told me to just go workout, start a diet, blah blah blah. Everything was okay.
Then the blood tests came back. The result: they found the tumor.
With each doctor I went to at Roosevelt after that, they all asked me again and again, “How did you know?” It’s like they had to hear me say it in order for them to believe it. Science isn’t meant to disprove that God does not exist…it is also meant to prove that God does exist.
During the final stages of my testing, the first doctor I saw during my nuclear testing asked me how I knew. I repeated the exact same words. “God said there is something wrong with me. It is not something I can fix. Only a doctor can fix it.” That doctor did not just want to hear me say it once. She needed to hear me say it again, just to make sure I was not crazy.
With each nuclear test I took that day, each doctor asked me how I knew. I repeated the same thing. In one of the longest part of the tests, the doctor ran out of the room to get the chief doctor to look at my tests. They were also talking about what I had said. I could hear one of them say, “There is no way she could have known about this.”
The technician sat there in the nuclear science lab with me looking at the screen, he turned to me and asked me (because he had heard the other doctors talking about it), “How did you know? There are no signs for this type of cancer. How did you know?”
I repeated the exact same words to him. I explained that the symptoms I was having could have been easily diagnosed as something simple like plantar’s fasciitis, or how I needed to workout more, etc. The blood test was what told us the tumor was there.
The technician sat there looking at me in disbelief. He was an Indian man. He told me that in his culture, they believe this stuff, but this was the first time in his life that he had ever witnessed someone say something like this and it ended up being completely accurate. There was something wrong with me. It was not something I could fix, only a doctor could.
How many men of science do you think changed their mind about God’s existence after meeting me that day?
Death Follows Me
I came to realize that what happened at St. Peter’s Basilica in front of Death’s Door had an even bigger meaning. I wasn’t just figuratively standing before Death’s Door, I was literally at death’s door and he had taken an interest in me that day. He followed me everywhere I went and I could feel him.
Over those two months of testing, the doctors told me to prepare for the worst. So I did. I got my affairs in order and on October 22, 2013, I walked into Roosevelt Hospital hoping that I’d live through this. I had said a prayer that morning when I arose. I asked God to let me live. If he were to let me live, my entire existence would be to live by his will. I would do what I was supposed to do (which is to complete the novels).
As I lie in the bed in the prep room, the team of doctors came in to talk to me to explain everything to me all the way down to explaining how they were filling my body with Gatorade (no joke). At one point, they left. I lay there waiting when I felt Death standing at the edge of my bed. He was happy and told me that he wasn’t there for me that day. He was there for someone else down the hall. “Surprise, you’re going to live!”
I have to say, the weight was lifted off of my shoulders. After the surgery, when I realized I was dreaming, I did a whole, “Fuck. I’m alive.” I heard a beeping noise and a nurse yelling at me to breathe. She told me to just concentrate on breathing. Deep breaths in and out.
I tried to come out of my haze and focus on my breathing. I saw Death standing there smiling saying, “See, I told you that you would live.” He then went on to explain to me that I was on borrowed time.
The Borrowed Time & the Storyline
That ‘borrowed time’ became prevalent in this dream I had last month. According to the dream, Death had taken pity on me and did something he wasn’t supposed to do. He gave me time…time to do what I was supposed to do…to make the dreams come true.
This is why the book is called “The Death Between Us.” This is truly about Death’s vested interest in giving me that borrowed time and what it all means.
Crowe’s role in the dream was not Death. He played the guy who loses the woman he loves. Death is the evil nemesis that steals from him the woman he loves. Death becomes the lover and the one that wipes her memories from her, so she would not only forget who she was, but forget who this man was and how she felt about him. Death is the one that causes the ultimate heart break.
So this whole Russell Crowe binge is about making sure that I continuously see the main character in my mind. Seeing the actor from the dream pushes me to keep on writing, because I am constantly thinking about the story.
One thing I would like is for all of my books to turn into movies. The books in my head are based on those prolific dreams I’ve had. Oddly enough, Crowe was in every single one of those dreams I’m writing about. Like I said, God likes to use Crowe as my spirit guide in my dreams. I’m not complaining. He’s nice to look at. Just saying.
I think perhaps the ultimate reason why Crowe plays out in every story is because if and when these books turn into films, perhaps Crowe will take an interest and be in every single one of these films. I mean, how many authors can say that when they wrote their books, Crowe was the main person in mind to play the lead male character? The character looks like him (something to keep in mind if you ever read the novels).
As for this particular story, I am not going to reveal who the actual person is that this story is really about. That is for him to choose to pick up the book and read it, if and when he is ready. This book is about his heart break. This is my way of explaining to him why his heart breaking was out of my control and there was nothing I could do to stop it from happening. What happened on October 22, 2013 made me forget who he was. When the memories returned, those feelings I had for him never returned.
It is hard watching someone’s heart break in front of you because he knows you no longer love him. This book is being written for him to understand that there was something much greater going on in the universe and it was not within his control. This is about learning to let her go.
I bet never in a million years did you ever expect me to say that the reason for the Russell Crowe binge was because of this. Now you know. It’s about the novel.
Today I’m going to begin a new series on Sundays called “Spiritual Sunday.” This series is designed to talk about the little things in life that have no explanation, but it needs some sort of explanation…an answer, so to speak, to understanding the things that happen in our life.
The above quote is a translation by Cassandra Clare from her novel, “City of Fallen Angels.” [A young adult fiction book.]
The translation was so beautiful, I thought I’d share it in order to talk about a subject matter that is very difficult to discuss.
I decided to start this series on a very serious note, because over this last year I’ve been discovering other people out there with the same heartache I endured…losing your soulmate, the person you love above all others, to death. Some have lost them through tragic accidents. Some were forced to say goodbye while they watched them waste away in a hospital bed. Then there are people like me that lost them to suicide.
Of the above, I think losing them to suicide is the worst, especially when you know that they made that decision to take their life and you were part of their decision. But I know in the end, that weight you carry after their death is equal to everyone that has lost their one great love to death.
For the first twenty years after Kevin died, I felt like no one had been through this kind of pain before. I hadn’t met a single person that had endured as much grief and agony as I had. No one understood my pain. No one understood why I chose to be alone. People criticized. People made fun. The ones who should have helped you had no words of comfort. They had no idea what going through this kind of grief meant. They had never felt that heart break. They had never felt a part of their soul rip from them in that very second their soulmate’s life expired.
They had no words. No explanation for why I felt this pain. No sympathy of understanding, because they had never endured this kind of heart break before. They think something is wrong with you, because you just can’t get over it. They don’t understand just what happened to you. They don’t understand that your heart was broken.
Last year, I met a young girl that had just lost her soulmate. She did the one thing I couldn’t bring myself to do…go insane.
For the last 20 years, I’ve held it together. I’ve pushed through life trying to create an existence without him. I’ve tried to do the things that would make him proud of me. I tried to be the person he saw in me. I tried to come to grips that in the greater scheme of things his death was supposed to happen. It was supposed to set me on a certain path in life. I thought, maybe, he just wasn’t the one in the end.
I tried to date. But truthfully, I only got involved with people I knew I didn’t want to spend my life with. They were safe. I didn’t want a relationship with them.
I loved, but I refused to even get involved with them. I did not want them to love me in return. I did not even want to let them get that close to me, because what if I did let them get that close and then they were ripped from me again? Would I be able to survive it?
I prayed that God would send someone to help me learn to love again. He only sent those that were not worthy of that kind of love. I oftentimes asked myself if it was me or if these people were just all wrong. I have to say it was both.
The truth is I like being alone. That’s who I am. I hear friends tell me about their dating lives and I recoil thinking…that’s a world I don’t want. It’s too much drama. It’s filled with too much pain going back and forth all in the name of love. Funny, because that’s not how I remembered love.
Before I had the tumor removed from my neck back in 2013, I did a form of confession to my brother. I admitted for the first time in my life that the reason why I never got involved in any relationships, got married or had kids was because I was still in love with Kevin. The reason why I did X, Y and Z in life…it was all because I was broken. I was half empty.
There were days where all I wanted to do was just go insane. Listening to this girl tell me how she did and how she was just recently out of the hospital, I envied her. I wished I could do that…just go insane for one moment. To let my mind break and let it scream out all the pain, but the truth is letting go like that didn’t heal her. She was still as broken as she was before she went crazy. The decisions she makes in life don’t help her, they inhibit her. In a way, it’s like she has lost her will for existence, but at the same time is trying to figure out who she is without him.
I know exactly how that is. It’s something that never goes away. I’ve spent these last 20 years thinking I knew who I was, but hiding the fact that this put together person is actually broken. That night he killed himself my entire existence was broken. The universe doesn’t make a glue that can put you back together again.
These kinds of deaths are not like any other deaths you’ll experience in life. I felt his life expire hundreds of miles away because something in me broke inside in that very moment. I didn’t find out what happened until the morning.
At his grave, I made silent promises. I told him that I would no longer sing, because that’s what I did for him…my biggest fan. I told him I would no longer act, because that’s what we did together. When I turned my back on his grave, I wept for him for the first time.
Those promises at his grave, in essence, was the start of destroying myself. Just three months later, I had become a victim of sexual assault/harassment that went on for months. I was so numb to existence, I didn’t realize what was going on until this guy walked into the room and I became scared. I didn’t know why I was scared, but then I realized what he did to me was wrong. It took two years to get rid of that guy from my life forever.
When I sit in a psychiatrist’s office they want to talk about that incident. I look at them and tell them that I honestly don’t remember any of it, because it doesn’t matter. They feel like that what he did was what caused the post-traumatic stress disorder. They claim that I’ve suppressed what he did to me.
I take in the diagnosis when I leave their office, but they don’t know the whole story. I don’t remember that guy and what he did because he is irrelevant. The PTSD started months before this guy even walked into my life. He just took advantage of someone who didn’t know what was going on outside of her because she was suffering inside…stuck somewhere between death and existence.
I never talked about Kevin to anyone. Not even our friends. Before my grandfather died, he told me that I had the world in the palm of my hand. I was going to be something great, but something happened. Something broke me. He asked me if it was because of ‘that boy.’ At first, I didn’t know who he was talking about. Then I realized he was bringing up a subject I wasn’t ready to talk about 13 years later. I brushed it off and changed the subject.
My grandfather was right. It was because of ‘that boy.’ Leave it to the only member of my family that loved me above all others to understand me better than anyone else. He knew deep down the reason why I never got involved in a relationship was because of ‘that boy.’ He knew there was something greater at stake then just losing ‘that boy.’ It was the exact moment my entire world fell apart.
The girl I met last year was the first person I encountered in 20 years that had endured that same pain as I had gone through. Later, I learned of a celebrity that had also been through something similar to me. He followed the same path after he lost the woman he loved as I did. I’m not talking about the career or life he built outside of himself. I’m talking about the decisions he made when it came to loving again.
It’s something people like us resolve to do when we’ve lost our great loves. We are okay with not loving someone else again. We had that one great love in this lifetime. If that’s the only love that happens in this lifetime, then that great love was enough to last an entire lifetime. It may have been short-lived, but it was enough.
We are happy in knowing that we not only loved greatly, but we were loved greatly in return. How many people out there can say they found that one great love? Even to get just a few seconds of that kind of love, not everyone has experienced that kind of love before.
We should consider ourselves the lucky ones. We loved greatly, and we were loved greatly in return.
Learning to exist after losing our great love, that’s the greatest challenge.
This is a story that has no solution. It’s a story that’s been told over and over again throughout the centuries. The epic tale of Gilgamesh talks about that love and friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. They were the best of friends that loved each other dearly. When Enkidu was killed, Gilgamesh went through that great heartbreak. He tried to find some semblance of his own existence after Enkidu’s death.
He journeyed far and wide to be able to get over Enkidu. He tried to love again, but the love inside of him was not forthcoming. He journeyed to find a magical flower that could bring Enkidu back to life. After losing the flower, he realized bringing Enkidu back would never happen.
It wasn’t until years later that Ea (god) opened the door to death so that Gilgamesh could see Enkidu one last time and speak with him. Even in that moment, Enkidu asked him to stop grieving and to move on. He had grieved his friend for far too long.
But upon waking from the vision, Gilgamesh was still as confused as ever. Was this real? Was this Ea (god) playing a joke on him, or was this a true vision?
It’s interesting that this tale has survived time. For those that still grieve that lost love, the story does not offer any solace beyond the fact that you’re not alone.
I think the worst part of surviving Kevin’s suicide was doing this alone. No one understood the pain I was going through. No one understood the emptiness. No one understood that love that was so great had all of a sudden disappeared from existence.
I will tell you though that there was a lesson in this pain. Even though your great love is gone, that love is not gone. It still exists. You still love them even greater than you did before. In a way, you are learning to love in ways that not just anyone learns in life. You are learning to love them even when they are not here. Just because their heart stopped beating, it doesn’t mean your love stopped pulsing. It continued.
Remember, this is the greatest love. It was enough to last an entire lifetime. You are still alive. That love still lives on. It never expired.
There are times when I think about how I’m still learning every single day to love him greater that my heart swells up. I have to smile because I still have the greatest love that could ever happen to a human being beating inside of me. To learn to love them greater than you did a moment ago, that’s how the love becomes even greater. You’re still learning to love even without them being here. You love the memory of them and how you know deep down that someone loved you that greatly. You must have done something right in this lifetime for God to grant you that kind of love.
I find that these kinds of great loves happen when we are young. It tosses you onto a path you never would have gone down. It’s only when you learn to exist without them that you begin to see that you were designed…fated…for something greater in this lifetime. You got that one great love thing out of the way early on…now it’s time to change the world into a better place. I feel like God does this for all his helpers. He gives us the greatest love, takes it away, and then shows us our true destiny.
Even the Christians and their story of Jesus talks about that same kind of great love. He gave them Jesus. He took him away. Now, he shows them their true destiny.
It’s up to us to do something great with that love and change the world. That is how we exist. We exist to help others because deep down we still carry a great love. We carry that grief, that loss. It is what defines our past, present and future. But great things can come from so great a loss.
We struggle each and every day on that journey in life. Don’t think we ever get over that loss. We are always just one second away from breaking down. But that love is the love that defines us. It makes us stronger. It has created individuals that become incredible inspiration for others. We preach becoming better human beings because in our journey that’s what we’ve learned to become…better than we were before. Why? Because it’s a daily journey for us. It is how we learned to survive.
We know the importance of living every single dream, because we’ve given up a lot of who we were because of loss. We believe in love and ‘the one’ because we’ve already experienced it. We understand that it’s okay to be alone. We’re okay with being alone, because we are not looking for something to fill our cups. We are already full. That love we experienced so long ago created an ocean of love that we are constantly drinking from. It never runs dry, because we already know that this one great love has already surpassed a lifetime. It still goes on even though one lifetime was brought to an end. We know that a love like this is what’s written in the stars. It moves the sun and the other stars in order for it to exist.
My will and my desire to be a certain person was turned by love. That love made me walk down a very different path I did not choose for myself. But I will tell you something, it became the greatest, most fulfilling journey I have ever been on in my life. It never would have happened if he had lived. Yes, I oftentimes wish I could have that life with him, but I know I never would have become the person I was meant to become if he had lived. He made the greatest sacrifice so that I could become the person the universe needed me to become.
For that, I will always love him. I know in my heart why he took his life. He thought I was leaving him forever by going off to college. I was leaving him behind like he didn’t even matter to me. But that wasn’t true. I would have stayed if he had just spoken to me about it. He decided to take his life because he couldn’t live without me. He couldn’t bear to have me leave him behind…
So he left me behind.
I was the stronger one. I learned to live without him. I learned to love him even more without him being here. I learned the importance of chasing after my dreams, because if he still lived, I never would have pursued them. I never would have left. I never would have escaped the prison we were both trying to escape. But in the end, we both escaped that prison. I just chose a different way to escape.
I miss him. I miss him every moment of every day, but I am still confident in that love that I know he would have loved the story of my life, because he’d know I carried him in my heart through every moment of it. The good parts, the bad parts, the scary parts, the amazing parts, the unbelievable parts and the happy parts.
Where that sorrow lies is within. Learning to be happy from the inside takes time. Gilgamesh had to learn how to live in the sea of life and existence. He had to learn to take joy from the people around him who were celebrating life.
I had to learn how to find peace and be happy again through meditation. In a way, this heartbreak involves God. It was through God that I was able to sort out what was going on inside. Like he did in the Gilgamesh tale, he also allowed me to see Kevin one last time.
I was so mad at Kevin when I saw him in my meditation. I yelled and screamed at him for leaving me alone in this existence. He understood my pain and took it all in. Through that anger, he was able to pull out that love from inside of me. He gave me part of my soul that I felt ripped from me that night he had died and he told me to “Learn to love again.”
When I left the meditation center that night, the song “I Love You, Goodbye” by Celine Dion started playing. It was the perfect ending to that last visit. He was leaving me forever, but the three most important words were said: I LOVE YOU. It was said again and again.
Learning to love again has had it’s challenges, because truthfully, I had no idea what he meant by that. Learn to love somebody else? How do I do that? Learn to love? What does that mean?
Over time, I learned it meant to just learn how to love greater than you did before. Whether it’s learning to love that soul even greater than you already did in this lifetime, then that’s what you should do. Learning to love others along this path…it’s not always just about a romantic love. Sometimes it’s just about learning to love, period. Learning to love life, the journey, God, your family, humanity, the world, the universe…it doesn’t always have to be about romantic love. It could just be about learning to just let your heart discover all of the various ways love exists. It’s beyond just romantic love.
If there was someone out there that was amazing enough to fall into the romantic love aspect, I have yet to meet him. I don’t look for that kind of love, because I am resolved that I’ve already had that great love. I don’t believe there is any love that could be greater than that love, so all potential lovers fall short. Gilgamesh never loved anyone like he loved Enkidu. Anyone after Enkidu served their purpose, but it was not enough to last the rest of his lifetime. He could never love them the way they needed to be loved. He had already given all of that love to one person. He’s just cheating everyone afterward that he could love them that greatly. Why? Because Enkidu is on a pedestal. He can never be taken off of that pedestal in Gilgamesh’s heart.
Do I believe that there could be a greater love? I’d like to believe it could exist. In the right time, the right place. Maybe there could be something greater. Maybe two souls that understand what great love means, and to lose it, maybe they could understand what it takes to create a greater love, because they would understand the sorrow, they would understand what it is they need to take a chance…to love like that again. They know what that love feels like. To find someone else that knows what that kind of love is, and to build it again, without fear of having their entire universe shattered…believing that they could take that chance…to heal and to love again in the process together…it could create a greater love.
I’d like to believe that opportunity exists. Only time will tell if Gilgamesh’s tale can have a happy ending. After all, epic tales like Gilgamesh’s tale do not end. It has survived even until today to fall into the hands of someone like me who has been through every single aspect of his story. Perhaps his story has survived time not just because it is repeated in every lifetime, but maybe it has an opportunity of having a different, better and happier ending. Maybe the ending is about stopping the cycle from repeating again and changing its ultimate outcome.
After all, you have to remember the story is not about Enkidu or Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The story is about Gilgamesh and how he survived after losing his great love. His story really doesn’t have an ending. It’s all about Gilgamesh learning how to live without Enkidu. Maybe in a way his story is a guide for those who have similar stories…a guide to not only let us know we are not alone, but that we are also on similar journeys…learning that we have an opportunity to give this story a happy ending.