Five years. Here are things that happened in five years.
- I was broken, devastated, severely hurt, anxious, depressed, tired, angry, confused, bitter, disappointed, disgusted, etc.
But then I...
- Relocated closer to my family and away from possible encounters with the Ex (so far so good).
- Started a brand new job in a new-to-me field. Worked hard, obtained more credentials, received a promotion and am now the department Lead.
- Met so very many new people: as friends, as love interests and as coworkers.
- Got my own place where it was just me.
- Picked up a part-time job then quit it to start a different and more enjoyable part-time job.
- Spent time with my siblings and relatives. Attended family gatherings frequently.
- Started seeing a really wonderful person.
- Did some cool stuff like skydiving, kayaking, shooting guns, etc.
- Attended shows & concerts, went to hockey, football & baseball games.
- Went to Italy for 18 days with my best friend and paid in cash for the entire thing.
- Survived a week long vacation to drive to Oregon and back with the boyfriend.
- Reached personal financial goals and paid off about half of my student loan accounts while building my savings & investing in my portfolio.
- Am planning a trip next year with my best friend to the U.K. for 3 weeks.
I've been trying to allow myself to be in uncomfortable yet exciting situations as long as it's "good exciting/uncomfortable" and not the bad kind. It doesn't mean I have to like it but I ought to at least try new things or be willing to try. There are a lot of things I've been afraid to try but went for it that I ended up really enjoying like skydiving, kayaking (even bought my own kayak!), crossfit, learning about and serving great food, wine & beer, and even beer itself. I didn't much enjoy beer before moving up here and now I get to try so many new and different types of beers due to my job. I get to try foods I would have never known about or thought twice about trying (crudo, sweet breads, soft shell crab, octopus, stinging nettle to name a few). I would have never known about the deliciousness of Mulligatawny soup.
A whole other world opened up for me and I am eternally grateful and happy for it. I don't have to like how the change came about but I have come to terms with the circumstances.
Life is so, so good and I am happy. That's all I need to say here: I'm happy.