Last spring, I went through some dark months. I trudged through it, and found a happier way to be. I started writing again, and discovered truths that, apparently for me, could only be discovered by writing, and digging deeper.
I found some online friends that probably didn’t know how much they helped carry me through that time. I wasn’t able to talk to anyone in my real life for several reasons. One of the reasons was that I couldn’t even identify what was wrong. I was fighting ghosts. These ladies helped me identify some things, and I felt a little more anchored by seeking out their writings. (This is my first holiday season "knowing" these ladies. In this week of gratitude, I am thankful for Lindsey, Pamela, Christa, and Christine. Thank you, thank you for your help this year.)
After a couple of months of focusing on myself, I expanded the circle to my family. I created the Take Back My Family initiative, which, like life, morphed into something different than I expected, bringing unexpected peace, with a less tangible explanation. My initiative started with very specific guidelines, like eliminating most extra curricular activities and cleaning out our house.
Roughly three months into Take Back My Family, and six months into my own journey, we are absolutely reaping the benefits. It is far from perfect, as I’ve learned to accept most things are. We are happier than we have been in a long time.
I have long said that I hope no one finds all my writing when I die, because they will think I lived the most miserable life ever. I have learned, mostly in the last couple of months, that I write more when I am not well. Perhaps I write first to release, but secondly I write to find my way.
I have blazed trails before, and it is hard work. Sometimes I go through with a machete like tool and hack at the easier stuff, as a first go through. Some trees have to be cut, and thrown aside. Some take heavy lifting. Some things grow back quickly and have to be taken care of for a second time. Some have to be removed from their roots.
When I write, especially this last year, I find things that I didn’t know were there. It may appear to be painful writing, and undoubtedly it was excruciating at times. I have never (intentionally) shared my release writing, but have posted here much of my writing that helped me find my way.
The past couple of months I haven’t written as much. I have been living. I have been very happily involved in some activities at my kids’ school. I have been working on our house. (ie: trying to ensure we don’t end up on Hoarders, the show I have never watched.) I have been slowing down. I have been working on homework with the kids, and spending much time navigating their learning disabilities. I have been learning new ways to eat, much easier with more time at home. I have been watching the kids build forts in our woods. We built some fires at the fire pit this fall on Friday nights, and have already had many fires inside this fall. I have watched my three dyslexic children develop confidence in their reading skills, and actually enjoy reading some books. I have lessened, if not eliminated, social obligations that weren’t fulfilling. I have played many games of Uno and Mario Kart. I have even read books that were not self help or memoirs. Mindless murder mysteries just for fun. And I finally had a birthday party for my daughter.... who turned six last May.
I am enjoying my family and my life. I am not in a rush to work on my book, or really in a rush to do anything. When I start to breathe fast and worry that I am not doing enough, I take a deep breath. I wanted to do more family excursions, but we are home most of the time. We are nesting, I guess. We are enjoying peace, and embracing change.