Photography by Jeff Coulson Image by: Photography by Jeff Coulson
Among my blissful firsts: celebrating my only child's departure to university (a work in progress); running a 10K (I'd actually do it again); "enjoying" an underground caving expedition (it was lovely...ish); attending my first ballet (gorgeous, but I didn't really get it); and getting matching tattoos with my daughter (at her request).
Other firsts were much tougher. I took a good, hard look at my marriage and made the necessary changes. (I'm keeping the details private for now.) I also started taking medication, despite hating meds, for a new migraine condition.
I am happier now than I was last year, but I'm not done yet! I've discovered that people who will accommodate change and support my growth are precious; others will get used to it or get left behind. Having a plan is critical, but not as critical as having a que sera, sera attitude. The trick is to recognize a challenge and decide whether or not to take it up.
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|This story was originally titled "A Year of Firsts" in the January 2014 issue.|
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