Today is signifigant. I don’t know if I am calling it a birthday, an anniversry, or just simply signifigant.
It was one year ago today that I first introduced myself as Laura Beth to the divorce support group I was attending. I had been in the group for a little more than a month. There were people there from all walks of life – liberal and conservative, religious and not. I really didn’t know what to expect.
I’m sure there were some raised eyebrows, curiosities or perhaps some silent judgements. But none of that sticks in my memory. What I remember was acceptance of my journey as exactly that – my journey. Everyone in the room was on one and in most cases not a journey we would have chosen for ourselves. This was a part of my journey that I was choosing and if there was any ill feeling about it from anyone in the group, they respectfully kept it to themselves.
That night set the tone for the year to come. My confidence only went up from there. I would get a few interesting responses from random people (you can read about them here on the blog). There was still a long road ahead with my family. But I can honestly say I have never looked back with any “what if” or “I should have” kind of thoughts.
It was and is time to press on!