The (Messy) Art of Shedding Relationships for Your Own Evolution

September 17, 2014 8:51 PM

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The (Messy) Art of Shedding Relationships for Your Own Evolution

In 2004, I made a huge move to the state of New Jersey after being a valley girl all of my life (the "like, oh my God" valley). Shortly thereafter, my 32-year-old brother Andy passed away from a rare form of cancer. A medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans, he was in the process of trying to become a doctor, but he died before he could graduate. His last week of life was both painful and inspiring for me, as he lay in a hospital bed in the Big Easy, surrounded by family and friends. People shared stories, laughed, sang and celebrated the life of the young man who had made an impact on all of their lives.

At the end of a long week and reeling from the shock of profound loss, I returned back to my new home of less than two months in Jersey City. The leaves were changing, the climate was gray, the cold weather and gloomy disposition seemed to reflect my inner collapse. I was a lone warrior, away from m...

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