This brave young woman agreed to let me print her Let Go letter. A story of rejection and loss. Her honesty and candor gives the reader a glimpse into the struggle of letting go. Often the act of letting go isn’t simply a one-time event.
Sometimes the hurt is so deep and searing that the healing doesn’t come overnight. The process can take years. For some, the steps of letting go—forgiving and leaving the past behind—must be repeated again and again before the sun begins to shine again.
You hurt me more than anyone ever has. It’s the kind of pain that cuts me to the core and makes me wonder if I’ll ever feel okay again. It hurts like hell to find out you were just using me.
When I found out that I had miscarried, it was the darkest day of my life.
I think about my lost baby every single night and my heart aches. Trevor, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to forgive you, but I will try. I will fight every day to get back to the person I was before I fell for you. I will remind myself that I am worthy of love and that I’m not ruined by you. So here’s to forgiveness—letting go and moving on.
And to my baby, I so desperately wish I could hold you. I love you with all my heart.
Note: One hundred twenty-six participants pre-submitted Let Go letters and sentences to be collaged into the painting. The names and some details have been changed to protect identities.