The beginning of anything is never easy: writing that first line, starting your diet, a first date, your first child, starting your life over—reinventing yourself.
Reinventing yourself? Yes, that’s what I said. I find myself in that position. Some days I’m wildly deliriously happy, I feel free of encumbrances. Where once I was publicly berated for spending $12, I can now buy what I want without having to justify my purchase. Other days I curl up in bed and cry myself to sleep.
The end of anything is never easy: the end of your favorite novel, the end of a relationship. The ‘D’ word (divorce) has taken over my life as it has so many others. It’s never an easy choice, sometimes an obvious one, but not easy. I did mine in stages, emotionally and physically.
So with the publication of my debut novel on, of all days, my birthday, I’m taking the opportunity to relinquish my old trappings and start new. Exercising, eating right… I even cut off my three-foot-long tresses. I feel like the legendary phoenix rising from the ashes. I did get burned and I’m nursing more than a few wounds, but now I will soar.
This is the kickoff of a new and better me.
Do you have Tales of the ‘D’ you’d like to share? Come bend my ear.