Schwimmen lernen

 "In einen Meer aus Schmerz ertrinken die einen, die anderen lernen darin schwimmen" - Kyrilla Spiecker

Since Liane died I've been looked after by many people. Friends, family, colleagues, students, strangers and more. It's been a very humbling experience and one that's made me feel equal parts loved and lucky. I've grown closer to people through my grief - their support and love transcending my pain (even for the briefest of moments) and helping me find purpose. 

I can't possibly name each person or detail what they've done for me but one such friend sent me a message yesterday that gave me a much needed lift. Nici lives in Hamburg and is a funny, caring and very smart soul. She's been a rock from afar - always there to talk and expand on thoughts, share opinions, guide gently. The quote she sent me above fits me like a glove. It means:

"In an ocean of pain some people drown, others learn to swim"

Any swimming I'm doing is thanks to the many life buoys/rings I have around me. The constant help really means everything to me. Thank you all so so much.