Writing Moving Through has been exhausting, emotional, and tapped every bit of my creative juices. Writer mode is a thing. Focusing my energy on the book has left little in the tank for anything else. Keeping my deadline of October 1st for its release is the priority. In advance of the release, I have been planning to make available the project for which the book is named.
I have been waist deep in writing for the past few months and beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The final round of edits is happening as I type. A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I was still doing my blog. My answer was yes and no.
For those who do not know, my late wife Yvette created a video about her life. Her efforts began weeks before being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and having a double mastectomy. The completed project was shown to a crowd of 65 on February 27, 2017.
Her life story was recreated with photographs from performances of talented artists and was a testament to her strength, courage, and bravery. Her life was not easy, but she kept going. This project was a coming out of sorts for her and speaking about her past was never something she ever thought she would share with the world.
But she did it magnificently. Of course, we did not know this project would take on a life of its own after she died suddenly, 10 months later, from metastatic breast cancer. The only other showing of this video was at her memorial service.
I have wrestled mightily with the idea of when and how to share this with the world. The message of moving through applies to each of us. In the book I reference the project frequently. Watching her introduction and the video provides the framework for my second book. The official title is “Moving Through; Lessons in Grief, Love, Courage, and How to Make Peace with the Past.”
I watched the entire video yesterday for the first time since her memorial. By the end, I knew it was time to share it with anyone who was willing to watch. I was moved by her courage and bravery all over again. It also made me miss her tremendously. Her 50th birthday would have been on the 20th of this month.
Yvette was a work in progress, like all of us. Her legacy is love, optimism, and the search for peace. She loved without condition and lived without regret. The lessons from her life are too valuable not to share. My inspiration for the book is her courage and fortitude. Pushing myself through the process is a tribute to her. I feel her not so gentle nudges when I want to bag the whole writing endeavor. Even though she is no longer in the physical world she is near.
As you watch, remember being fearless is often doing things with hands shaking and knees quivering. The link to the video is below. There are three parts. Her intro, part one, and part two. Watch them in that order. They are uploaded to my website and viewable only. Sorry, no downloading.
This week take some time to remember the moments in your life when moving through seemed impossible, but you did it anyway. As usual, thank you for your continued support and love while I complete my writing journey. Peace!