Staff Writer: Savannah Phillips

Loss. I know this is a rather morbid topic to begin my column with this semester. But it weighs so heavily on me, because just before classes started, I lost my cousin in a car accident. I was reminded of these emotions, and I thought, how relatable it may be for most of you.

 Loss is something that we will all experience at some point in our lives… But we cannot let loss define us. Even when it seems as though a huge chunk is missing and everything in the world is wrong without that one person. It’s funny how a single person can take up so much room in our heart, in our world.

Personally, I’ve experienced great losses in my life- so many loved ones who have passed on. At the time, it’s hard to get out of bed, put on a smile, and face the day. It’s hard to miss someone so much, and the only way you can see them is by countless pictures- memories.

It’s a difficult thing to talk through, to heal from. In times like these is when you will discover your strength. We grow from pain, as difficult as it is to believe. It’s important to remember that pain does not have to be carried alone. It’s a heavy weight to bear. Talk to that friend. Cry when the tears sting your eyes. Lean on someone. And remember that it’s okay to not be okay. Take it one day at a time. Sometimes the things that we do not like to talk about are the very things that we need to talk about. 

Do not feel embarrassed or ashamed about asking for help. Wingate has a Counseling Center right here on campus in the Holbrook building. Utilize the resources that are available if you need someone to talk to. They are there Monday-Friday (9 a.m- 5 p.m).  

Things happen so suddenly. We need to take advantage of the time we are given here. It’s good to look to tomorrow, but try to live each day like it’s your last. And know that your life matters.

-Savannah Phillips

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