A few days ago I woke up and knew it was time.
Time to put fingers to keyboard and start to write, start to move through this phase of my journey in the same way I have negotiated so many other moments.
Nadine Gordimer famously remarked that “writing is making sense of life.”
So, tonight I begin to make sense of this life of mine and write about divorce.
Divorce is all around us, if the statistics are to be believed, and it is and was certainly all around me. My grandmother, mother, family members, friends, colleagues. But as much as one human being can appreciate and empathize with another’s experience, it is not until you are in the throes of it yourself that you begin to truly understand.
Six months into the process, I most certainly cannot proclaim to be an expert nor do I yet have words of wisdom to impart.
What I do have is six months of learning and, fortunately, now, just as much hope.
Three weeks ago today, for the first time, I climbed a mountain–a small mountain, but a mountain nonetheless. The boundless metaphors I encountered on that journey paled in comparison to that moment in the car, driving forward and back to my family, when I realized I had done something I never before thought possible and that there actually and still resides within me a strength sufficient to keep climbing and now to start writing.
For them, of course
But also for me.