We look before and after, and pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those
that tell of saddest thought.
--- Percy Bysshe Shelley
There are turning points . . . watershed events . . . defining moments . . . in our lives all the time.
Sometimes, we notice them right away. But, sometimes, it takes a little time and perspective before we can really understand just how pivotal and important certain events are in our lives.
Whatever the watershed, it is marked by a definite before . . . and a definite after.
For me, the biggest turning point in my life (so far!) has been my cancer diagnosis and treatment. The contrast between my before . . . and my after . . . is remarkable.
Maybe . . .
I'm just more aware.
I can just say that, for me, going through cancer and treatment -- and coming out the other side -- created a definite dividing line in my own life.
Although the whole cancer nightmare is something I could certainly do without, I can use it as a marker in my life . . . for the new and different and interesting things that have happened in the last five years. Things that I may not have been open to . . . before.
Open-ness and sharing.
The liberating embrace of natural hair color.
A just-do-it sense of adventure.
A seeking . . . that just wasn't there . . . before.
Today . . . I celebrate my Five-Year-Blog-Anniversary. Thanks to ALL of YOU . . . for being part of my after. It's been a privilege and a pleasure to share my journey over the last five years with all of you.