Karen has been on my mind a LOT lately. I met her in a retail store where she helped me find a dress for some kind of an occasion, can't remember what but she made an impression on me. She was so amazingly lovely, going outside the normal customer service experience person and I never forgot her because of that. I met her a few months later and we decided to go out for a drink and have some laughs. I was new to Canada and just ended a relationship with my then boyfriend so I needed some cheering up and so did she. We had some crazy going out evenings and one I will never forget when we got stopped by the police and they were asking us if we had something to drink and we both said no. She was driving and she was fine but I was sooooo drunk, however, they let us continue driving home. I rented a room from her after my breakup and it was an amazing neighbourhood and an amazing decorated home. I felt I scored big times. Several years later I bought a condo in the same building she lived in. I will never forget Karen because she was so happy go lucky, so positive and always displaying a very cheerful attitude....But man was I wrong...
Karen was in deep pain due to having to display a false personality of false happiness all of her life and she never really discussed her true feelings. And it literally killed her. She drank 2 litres of cider each and every day to kill her pain. She was not able to continue doing it and she died on her couch with a 2 litre of cider beside her on the living room table. I was devastated hearing this as I did not know she was in pain. I don't blame myself as she was a true actor of masking it but I am extremely annoyed seeing people trying to fake a perfect life when they actually are hurting deep inside. Stay real my friends and reach out for help. I wish I could have helped Karen, she was a beautiful soul.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am a Career and Talent Coach. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty.