It’s like in the great stories.

The ones that really mattered.. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy?… Those were the stories that stayed with you…I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. -Sam, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

A year ago I was catching my breath.

I was trying to compose a coherent sentence.

I was making every vallient attempt to stop sobbing.

I was determined to argue until the sun came up that, no they had NOT been dead all along. One of the more popular phrases from the show, “Whatever happened, happened.”

A year ago, a show that impacted me ended.

I can’t tell if I’m crying because it was beautiful or because I’m sad it’s over. Thank you LOST for 6 amazing years. –@SarahKSilverman 4:11 AM May 24th, 2010

And unlike any other fandom I’ve ever been involved with, this one is remembering “The End.”

A year later and I’ve caught my breath.

I’ve composed many coherent sentences.

I’ve stopped sobbing. As long as I don’t watch the final scenes. Or a wake-up. Or listen to the score.

I’m still arguing that “whatever happened, happened.” And defending Carlton and Damon.

I will never not love LOST. Even the parts that are bad.

When I make fun of Nikki and Paulo, it’s out of love.

I fell in love with this story, like so many others before and since, because of the characters. I can fill in the blanks with the questions. I didn’t, and still don’t, need to know if the bird was saying Hurley or not.

And in the end, the story was about the characters, not the questions.

“Damaged people crashed on damaged island. People fix each other, then island. All consumed in bright light. Yay! (Or Boo!) #lostinonetweet” -Damon Lindeloff

That sums it up perfectly to me. The rest? It was just gravy.

I love the explination of the sideways world. That these people were important enough to each other that they chose to remember, move on and let go together. Or begin the process together.

The Island is the source Life (the bright shiny light), and Life is Love. The sideways world was created to find the Love that was made while Life and the Island were being repared by these flawed souls. The Love forged on the Island was the strongest in Life.

And as it turns out, in Death as well.

Was the story flawed? Yes.

Was it beautiful? YES. The paralleled beginning and ending scenes, as well as the awakenings continue to be the most poignant and wonderful scenes I have ever seen on network television.

“I didn’t realize getting all the answers I wanted would mean the end” -text in Verizon commercial created for the series finale of LOST May 23, 2010.

Christian Shephard told Jack to remember, let go and move on.

I have the remembering down pat.

It’s the next two steps I am finding difficult.

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