December 1, 2005

8: Blossoms

If nothing else, I knew I could be brave. I went to counseling. I gave myself permission to feel the badness of it all. I reached out to friends. I learned things about myself that I didn’t want to know – that I could be passive aggressive, that I was holding other people responsible for my emotional well being. I decided to give myself grace and determined to change.

I went to a specialist, who found a thyroid imbalance that had been kicked off by the virus four years before. He gave me a prescription and very slowly I began to feel better. I got more rest and had fewer lost days.

I saved thousands of dollars and determined to leave my job and write for at least a year, to see if I could make it. I started going to an Anglican church that I loved. I started to date again – a blind date, a guy I asked out, a guy I asked out because he wouldn’t stop talking (always a bad sign), a friend who flew up from South Carolina. I was in so many ways out of my comfort zone, forcing myself to engage with the world again, to try. Within six months, I was, if not a new person, at least I had worked my way into a new perspective on life, with hope and possibilities, with a more independent me I rather liked.

In January I gave my notice. In February I walked away from meetings and coffee breaks and lunch breaks and paid vacation and health insurance to the gloriously terrifying world of writing fulltime.

I felt like the jasmine plant in my sunroom that nearly died from lack of water and then sprouted blossoms on dead-looking branches – there I sat, blooming – an escapee from depression, having willed my way into a new life, having stepped off the cliff into freelance hell only to find it daunting but very, very good. I was still terrified. But I loved life. Like blossoms that were completely unexpected.


Anonymous liz said...

I am so moved by this story! I am so happy for you.. this is inspiring.

12/02/2005 05:45:00 PM  

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