Sometimes the feelings of despair are so overwhelming that I cannot breathe. I hold my breathe trying to overcome this feeling of helplessness. I am screaming inside but cannot seem to verbalize on the outside. I hide so I don’t have to pretend that life is glorious. I smile on the outside but cry on the inside. there are times when people offer their advice freely, thinking they somehow have the “magic” information that will somehow make every bad feeling, moment, dreams, days, just disappear. I know that they are well meaning advice to help me overcome my sadness and my guilt. But, it is not that easy to just “get over it”. I made a promise, damn it. I promised my brother, over and over that it would be okay. I promised my brother Nick, that he would “get his brains back”. I believed it! I believed it so much that I had Nick believing it too. Yet, I was wrong. I knew God preformed miracles, I have seen it before. I wanted a miracle for Nick! I believed in a miracle for my brother. I was wrong.
The year Nick went to to Iraq for OIF, I had constant dreams of him. I had a dream that Nick was standing on a hill as I was down in a valley. Nick was in his fatigues, at base camp, waving down at me. I was walking up towards him. All of a sudden, I see a large truck driving toward where he was standing. I try to yell and get his attention. But, he cannot hear me over all the noise and just keeps waving at me. I try to run to warn him, but I am too late. I watch in horror as my brother is run over by this truck. I always wake up at this point and cry. Finally the dreams stopped and Nick came home from Iraq. I thought that it was just my fear that drove those dreams to happen. But maybe the dreams were a premonition of what was to become in the future.
The guilt I have inside, haunts me. I feel like I failed him. I feel like……
Rationally, I know that non of what happened to Nick is my fault. Yet, the guilt and despair are still there. The nightmares about Nick, still haunt me. Catching my breath, still alludes me at times. Fighting for Nick still controls me.
I miss him. I miss talking to him.