Life and writing updates you don’t really need: healing, slowly

Hello hello!

I’ve dipped again, but for once, I think my excuses are valid.

It’s been a long month of having to suddenly fit myself back into the life I hadn’t seen in two years, except now I no longer find my sister waiting for me at lunch, or asking me to go grab a coffee.

Grief is as horrifying as I thought it would be, but I’m so grateful that, instead of a wall tipping and crushing me underneath, grief turned out to be a maze I have to navigate through. Slowly, I think I am making progress— even when setbacks happen, I believe that I’ll find my way out eventually. I went back to work less than a week after my sister passed, and I’ve filled my days up to the brim with pottery classes and painting sessions and working out, not because I’m trying to distract myself from grief, but because I don’t want to miss out on life.

Anyway!! Writing-wise, I’ve only been working on a hades/persephone piece lately. A lot of themes I think were explored in that and I’ll be uploading it soon (in a few hours? in a few days? Who knows). Thrilled to think that someone may be looking forward to it because the worst thought you can get as a writer is, “Is anyone even gonna read this??”

On another note, have you guys been using the Story option at all? What do you feel about it? Maybe these updates will move over to that feature instead of cluttering my dash.

As always, thanks for reading and please stay safe and happy ✨🤍

7 thoughts on “Life and writing updates you don’t really need: healing, slowly

  1. I’m so very sorry for you loss, sister. May Allah ‘aza wajal give you and your family the strength to bear the loss of your beloved sister. May He, in his endless mercy and compassion, open the doors of Jannah wide for her. Please take your time, don’t feel obligated to post anything. I always look forward to your posts and love reading them. But, what matters the most is your wellbeing. So please take care of yourself.

    Wa Salam

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    1. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته 💓 thank you so much for your prayers and your consolation, and for always taking the time to leave such supportive and encouraging comments 💓 i appreciate them all so much, thank you and جزاكِ الله خيرا

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  2. …It was utterly poignant yet so beautiful – a perfect eulogy anyone could ever receive. I am glad to read that you are navigating your grief the right way. It’s not easy and certainly there is no consolation to be given here. Recuperating at your own accord will heal you for the lifetime. Also, it’s immensely inspiring to see how you are embracing life to the fullest. Thank you Maryam for all your wonderful words over the years and yes, we certainly look forward to each and every post of yours, be it stories or otherwise.

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  3. That is a beautifully apt metaphor for grief. It’s most daunting at the beginning, because we have no sense of how we’ll get through this, yet little by little we find our path. I know it isn’t an easy journey, and I wish you strength as you continue your navigation.

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