I begin another year of my life today in the midst of several transitions. It will be a year characterized by re-s: regrouping, reinventing, relocating, renewing, rebuilding.
This month I will say a final goodbye to the partner whom I thought I would be spending the rest of my life with. I will say farewell to Turkey -- at least for now -- where I've called home for the last 3+ years. And earlier this month I worked my final day at the paper, my employer for close to two years.
The last few weeks have pushed me right up against my emotional limits. I've had to face fears that I didn't previously realize even existed within me. And this process is certainly not over yet.
The person who emerges from this process -- who will she be? Will I be unrecognizable to myself, my current self? Admittedly all of these changes coming at me all at once are scaring the heck out of me. And at times I have to remind myself to just focus on the moment, just get through what is directly in front of me; otherwise the future just looms too large, as one giant question mark or an ocean of the murky unknown.
Tomorrow I leave for a brief trip to the States to celebrate a friend's wedding and spend some much-needed time with family. Time for a breather from this situation. Then back here for another few weeks, in which the court date for the divorce is scheduled.
And so, a reminder for the moment from Ray (Lamontagne):
Don't let your mind get weary and confused Your will be still, don't try Don't let your heart get heavy child Inside you there's a strength that lies
Don't let your soul get lonely child It's only time, it will go by Don't look for love in faces, places It's in you, that's where you'll find kindness
I'm a Southern California girl whose wanderlust emerged at age 3 on my first trip to the Philippines. If I'm not on a trip, you can be sure that I'm planning one. Life is a journey, challenging us to live in the only thing we have, this moment.