Thursday, September 23, 2010

Once Upon a Time



Forty-three years ago, today. Was I a fool? No, that's too harsh. I think it is more accurate to say that I was young, hopeful, and idealistic. I knew there was no such thing as a handsome prince on a white stallion coming my way, but I really hoped I had found true love. Ya know, the one. A car crash ended that dream.

So, what have I learned? A lot:
1. To depend on myself
2. To be open to some "prince" but to not seek him
3. To be thankful for my wonderful family who supported me through so much
4. To appreciate my brief time with my one and only husband who helped me  get real and toss the happily-ever-after marriage myth out of my system
5. To finally REALLY understand that happiness comes from within
6. And to...it needs to be said again...depend on myself

12 comments:

  1. yes, its true, first and last we do need to depend on ourselves

    ..and it sounds like you did (find true love), while you had him. wow - this is a very powerful and personal piece.

    ReplyDelete
  2. A very moving piece of writing! Challenges are often the best way to get to know who you really are and learn to stand within your own strength!

    ReplyDelete
  3. You look beautiful in your wedding photo. I know very few people who are truly independant and depend only on themselves. So well done.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Forty three years!

    That's some achievement. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am not surprised, Jan, to see you look like Jan in that wonderful photo of you. You look so much the same today and this is a rare thing. I cannot wait to show the boys your photo! They will love it as I do. Thank you for this inside experience. Love you, Deb

    ReplyDelete
  6. happiness comes from within

    So true!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh my. I never know what to say to posts like this. It's difficult to do happy and sad at one and the same time, you know?

    ReplyDelete
  8. So true. Your Theme Thursday message is ringing loud and clear for me.

    Mine is up.

    PG

    ReplyDelete
  9. What an incredible story...thanks so much for sharing you journey. You have weathered a storm and come out strong and confident. xo

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yes, what a story indeed. I am sorry but glad to see you strong now. BTw, a beautiful bride indeed, no?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Janice you know I'm in the same boat so agree completely and the things we have to deal with have made us stronger people I'm sure. Would I change it if I could . . I really don't know but since I cant, I make the best of what life dishes up and frankly, it's not half bad. Happy Anniversary!

    ReplyDelete

Please leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you.