Sixteen seasons. And the producers renewed for three more years.
“You still watch that crap?” people ask me.
Yes, yes I do.
“It’s not crap,” I say, sticking my tongue out in their general direction.
The wisdom and wonders found in the writing of Grey’s Anatomy have woven their sentences and story lines into my life, into my traumas, and into my recovery.
As the sixteenth season came to a close, Meredith encourages Jo through a dark time. Jo’s traumas are not mine. Not similar in any way. But Meredith’s words touched a tender place in my heart.
Especially seconds 38 – 1:07.
“You’ve taken all this darkness and used it to help other people who are walking through the same,” says Meredith.
I hope so.
“You’ve turned the darkest experiences that life gave you and you turned it around and you turned it into light.”
I’ve spent a few years soaking in my own grief process, writing things for strangers to read. I now seek an outside perspective, more tools to help me process, label and understand so I can continue transform my darkness.
This week I started therapy.
I tell you not to get your sympathy nor to get your pats on the shoulders. I tell you because this world is hard. I tell you because I’m not ashamed. I tell you because if I can do it, so too can you.
Being human is hard. Talking about our negative patterns, our dysfunctional relationships, our emotions, our traumas, our hopes, and our potential is hard. There are kind and compassionate professionals trained to help us with the scary process of facing ourselves. They are ready to welcome you onto the sofa when you are ready to walk in the door.
Today, I walked in the door. And I believe therapy will help me continue to turn my darkness into light.
To believe this transformation is possible, for me, and for you, and for all of us aching out there – what a beautiful thing.