For the Person Whose Life Has Just Drastically Changed

I know it doesn’t feel like it right now, but you’re going to be okay

Allison Burney


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but you’re going to be okay.

I know it might not seem like it right now, and that’s okay, too.

When the storm is raging all around you, you can’t help but feel like you’re not strong enough to withstand it. The wind is howling, the harsh snow is pelting you in the face, and the bitter cold is biting at your ankles, threatening to take you down. You feel so weak sometimes that you don’t know if you can go on.

I get it.

I am there with you right now.

The storm has come for me, too. Heartbreak has taken control of the wheel.

Six months ago, my heart was shattered in ways I didn’t even know was possible. Overnight, my world got turned on its head. Everything I thought I knew, the future I had planned, the dreams and visions of the life I was imagining all went up in flames before my eyes.

Suddenly, the ground I was standing on didn’t seem stable anymore. In fact, it had morphed into quicksand instead! The shock of it all threatened to swallow me whole. I felt as if I might just sink beneath the pain, never to reemerge.

Some days, especially in the beginning, I wanted to give up.

But I didn’t.

And with each day that passes, I get a little bit stronger. I remember a little bit more about what makes life worth living. I am reminded of all the beauty and all the love that still exists in my world.

It may not have come from the one I wanted, the one I thought was the love of my life.

But it has come from so many other sources and people in my life. The feeling of love and the experience of love is all around us. It’s not found within one person—especially one who mistreats your heart.

Beauty is found in the kitchen of the home I grew up in, dancing and singing with my almost three-year-old nephew. Love is when your sister takes you for a walk and you go far enough that there’s no one around and no houses in sight so that you can scream at the top of your…



Allison Burney

Writer, ghostwriter & proofreader. On a mission to keep exploring, learning & enjoying this adventure we call life. Work with me: