A Grieving Son Battles The Guilt Of Moving On

 

Most of us have experienced some kind of loss in our lives. Be it heartbreak or losing someone, a pet or something dear to you.

Then we cry ourselves to sleep in sadness, wake up in disbelief to this new world we find ourselves in – a world without them, possibly get angry, and repeat the cycle in whichever emotion decides to show itself first.

If we are lucky, a happy memory slips through once in a while, but it almost always leads us straight back into sadness. It’s as if we feel too guilty about moving on or moving on too soon, and maybe we should.

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Moving on disregards the past, whether it be the experience from a previous relationship or memories shared with someone long gone. What we should really aim to do is to move forward with those experiences and memories; honouring them in how they helped build us – because who are we without our past?

We see that reflected in this story of a boy grieving his mother, too guilty to move on even months after her passing, in a city that is moving on without him.

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Returning to his old home, which is now owned by someone else, Roy picks up his belongings, a standard-issue cardboard box containing all the memories of his mother. He ends up on a night out with his friends but chooses to be sullen, out of grief.

A stranger made him realise that he had to move forward, not move on.

Watch ‘A Golden Mile’ by Sean Ng (Singapore) on Viddsee!

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