Season of AURORA came at one of the darkest times of my life. My Mom was dying, and we had to relocate to a new home for her palliative care. I admit, doing the Running Wayfarer quest made me cry for the first time in 7 years.
My mom finally passed away the day after the concert series started. I spent the midnight premiere at her side. It was my last moment with her. The concert series gave me a great escape in the weeks that followed. When times were stressful, AURORA's voice and the thousands of players in the Coliseum gave me a sense of comfort. I didn't feel alone. It was cathartic.
It's now the middle of Season of Remembrance, and my mom's memorial service is coming up. I feel like Pleading Child. My mom was taken from me, but I'm still pressing forward through the darkness. It's what she would want me to do. Thank you for being part of my life, Mom. Thank you, Sky, for allowing me this outlet to play out my feelings.