The October Project was much more difficult than I anticipated it would be. Not in terms of time management, logistics or organization. It completely drained me emotionally and energetically. See, these people who shared parts of their lives with you all- they are my friends. And for the most part, I know a lot about them. But within each post, I found myself covered in goosebumps or in tears. Or often both- feeling their emotions, pain, concerns. Many had to relive some difficult times in order to write their words and for that, I am deeply sorry.
The project was also much for fulfilling than I imagined it would be. I am so proud of these women and honored to have them in my life. I am grateful for them taking time out of their busy lives to share their insight, stories, emotions, and so much more. Because along with the tears, I found my self smiling wide while working on each post- out of pure admiration and love.
The October Project was inspired by all of my friends, not just the ones who wrote in. They continue to inspire and support me daily and I hope that their stories continue to inspire you too. Perhaps you have learned something which you will carry with you as you navigate life. Maybe this project cultivated a little sense of community and you feel less alone. Or maybe you were able to relate to someone, diagnosis or not.
Sadly, I could continue this project well beyond October… but hell man, I need to focus on some self care for a bit. The heartache that came along with this October- it’s been rough.
Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this project. And thank you to all who read and shared the posts, commenting with love and support, and for sticking with us through the month of October.
Fun Fact: I pulled an affirmation card to help me with my writing tonight. It feels right to share it.