I have known that entering a cloistered order was my best friend’s goal for years, but it wasn’t until recently, when she expressed her desire to actually apply, that it hit me that she’ll be leaving me. I am grieving in a way I never have before.
Sure, she’s still got loans to take care of, but for some reason, I have a feeling that God is going to clear that impediment quickly. I would be surprised if it took more than two years for her to actually enter. And two years, to me, seems unimaginably short.
I know it’s her calling…I know it’s what she was made for. I don’t want to stand in her way. But she is a part of my every day–there is rarely a day that goes by that we don’t chat, text, or talk on the phone. She is my rock in so many ways, and is really the friend that has helped me most on the path to the Lord. I can’t bear the thought of life without her, and I am not even confident that I can stay on that path without her.
I was hoping to find more on the Internet that had coping mechanisms for the BFF, but I could find surprisingly little. So maybe I can get your input–anyone been here? What did you or your friends do to prepare for such a change?